Langdale Washout

Discussion in 'Trips Reports' started by Robin, Mar 13, 2019 at 6:20 PM.

  1. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Last week I was in Langdale at the National Trust campsite just in time for storm Freya to hit. I only managed two half days of walking out of four.

    Monday morning was quite nice with a bit of sunshine, so I headed up to Red Tarn with a view to going over Crinkle Crags. I’d not been up Oxendale or Browney Gill before. It was a really pleasant walk, although the wind was bitter. The views back down the valley and across to Langdale Pikes were impressive.

    Oxendale and Crinkle Crags

    Langdale Pikes

    Crinkle Crags and Bowfell under cloud

    By the time I reached Red Tarn, Crinkle Crags was under cloud. I managed to get 4G phone signal and checked the weather forecast, which suggested rain early afternoon. I had a little poke around Red Tarn and then had an early lunch.

    Red Tarn

    I decided to go over Pike o’ Blisco and back to the campsite rather than go into the snow and clag on Crinkle Crags. There were a few snow patches on the Pike but it was relatively easy going.

    Small tarn on Pike o’ Blisco

    The cloud was coming down so the views weren’t great. I descended on the pathless north flank down Wrynose Fell. It was a bit tricky at first because of the snow patches.

    Langdale Pikes from Wrynose Fell

    Nearing the road, it started to spot with rain. By the time I got back to the campsite, the rain had become more persistent. I retired to the warmth of my camper van.

    Overnight and into the next morning I was treated to some seriously heavy rain and strong winds. The rain continued until around lunch when the weather suddenly cleared.

    Harrison Stickle

    I decided that I’d take a low-level stroll up to Chapel Stile and back. The ground was absolutely saturated but there was a good path most of the way.

    Crinkle Cargs and Bowfell

    Harrison Stickle and Stickle Ghyll

    Although the afternoon started sunny, the cloud was started to build by the time I got to Baysbrown Farm. I picked up the Cumbrian Way and followed it as far as the footbridge before crossing over to return to the campsite.

    Lane to the New Hotel

    By now the clouds had darkened and the wind had strengthened markedly. Fortunately, I made it back to the campsite before any rain.

    The next two days were a complete washout with more or less 48 hours of rain. The nice thing about a camper van though is you can ride out the unpleasant weather in comparative comfort. While it was a bit of a shame that I didn’t get much walking done, it was good to reacquaint myself with Langdale.

    The NT campsite has recently refurbished one shower block and the other is due to be finished before Easter. I was very impressed by them. They wouldn’t be out of place in a hotel.
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  2. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    Sorry you had a soggy trip.

    Which one has been refurbed? The smaller older one on your right as you enter the site?

    Or the larger newer one further round?

    I wish they could refurbish their roads/paths with some rounder, smoother gravel :). The last couple of times I stayed there I arrived with soggy clothes and boots that went straight into the drying room while I hobbled about barefoot in my undies :eek:
    That gravel is sharp!
  3. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    The one by the entrance is still being refurbished. It looks like they are preparing some new camper van spaces nearby too. I think they are on ground that isn’t used for camping so it shouldn’t affect the spaces for tents.
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  4. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Looks like a nice few days Robin despite the mixed weather.

    At least with Langdale there are plenty of bail out options or low level routes to keep you occupied.

    Even with the teepee and wood stove last month I admit I still had a little bit of T5 and Bongo envy on the campsite
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