The Band Monday 14th September 2020

This was our first trip to the Lakes in almost a year as our first trip to the Lake District this year should have begun in March, on the same day as the first Lockdown began. We had also decided to stay away from campsites this summer but took advantage of the fact the schools had all returned to book a last minute break in a cottage. Whilst all the walking we had done around our local streets during Lockdown had kept us fit, given the weather and the amount of ascent planned, we climbed The Band at a leisurely pace and stopped frequently to enjoy the views. We had originally planned a circular walk but having stopped to enjoy the views close to Earing Crag we decided to preserve our legs for the next day's walk and instead of continuing up and over the Crinkles enjoyed a slow stroll back down The Band.

Start: Stickle Ghyll car park (NY 2937 0638)

Route:

Stickle Ghyll car park - Stool End Farm - The Band - White Stones on The Band (420) - The Band - Stool End Farm - Stickle Ghyll car park

Distance: 5.75 miles     Ascent: 562 metres      Time Taken: 6 hrs

Terrain: Clear paths

Weather: Hot and sunny

Pub Visited: Old Dungeon Ghyll    Ale Drunk: Loweswater Gold

Route Map >>

 

Crinkle Crags

The last thing we expected to see when we got in the car half an hour earlier was cloud on the summits, but the Crinkles are well and truly hidden from view.

The Band

Thankfully the summit of The Band, our main target for today, is clear of cloud.

Great Langdale

Looking back along Great Langdale and the route we had followed from the car park.

Side Pike

Looking across to Side Pike. The last time we had stood here we still had to go up the path over the shoulder of Side Pike to get back to the car at Blea Tarn, it felt a long way back to the car that day.

Langdale Pikes

The Langdale Pikes and Mickleden.

The Band

Once through Stool End Farm we pick up the path up The Band and soon find ourselves at the seat by the fell wall.

Langdale Pikes

We pause to admire the view across to the Langdale Pikes but it is too early for a break so we don't make any use of the seat and instead continue with our ascent.

Great Langdale

Looking down on Great Langdale as we make a steady ascent.

Crinkle Crags

When we aren't watching where our feet our going we can also watch the Crinkles as they emerge from the cloud, which is slowly burning off as the heat rises.

Crinkle Crags

The scene is constantly changing as more of the higher fell tops come into view.

White Stones

We have to divert off the main track to gain our main target for today, the Birkett summit of White Stones on The Band.

Great Langdale

The view down Great Langdale from White Stones.

Langdale Pikes

Across form White Stones the Langdale Pikes now have cloud on some of their summits. In the distance the summit of High Raise is also covered by the cloud.

Sergeant's Crag

From White Stones we can also look across Martcrag Moor to Sergeant's Crag and a distant Skiddaw, amongst other fells.

Crinkle Crags

Returning to the main path we can once again enjoy an ever improving view of the Crinkle Crags.

Sergeant's Crag

As Bowfell comes into view we decide to pause for a break and once again venture away from the path to enjoy the extensive view north.

Langdale Pikes

We also have time to admire the Pike of Stickle and Loft Crag across Mickleden.

Bowfell

As we sit we keep looking back at Bowfell, which is drifting in and out of the cloud.

High Raise

As we sit enjoying the sunshine I assess our planned route down from tomorrow's walk via Stake Pass and Mickleden. It looks perfectly doable, which is always a good sign. It's just a shame that whilst I had the binoculars out I didn't also check out the path from High Raise.

Crinkle Crags

As we watch people making their way up to Bowfell we debate if our planned route is a good idea given this is our first walk in the Lakes for nearly a year. Once we are up at the col below Bowfell the route is one we have covered before and we are under no illusion as to how long it is.

Bowfell

Bowfell is now clear of cloud but having mulled things over we opt not to head up to the col, but instead to return via The Band and make sure our legs will be up to tomorrow's walk on the Langdale Pikes.

Pike o'Blisco

Pike of Blisco and Wetherlam from the descent.

Crinkle Crags

As we make our way down The Band the Crinkle Crags finally start to fully emerge from the cloud.

White Stones

This time we stick to the path and don't visit White Stones.

Lingmoor Fell

Lingmoor Fell seen across Oxendale.

Great Langdale

Once we pass through the fell wall, where the seat is located, we settle down for lunch. We pass on using the seat and instead choose a spot where we can enjoy the view down Great Langdale. It also has the advantage of keeping us away from anyone passing through the gate.

The Band

Lunch over we soon find ourselves back on the track towards the Old Dungeon Ghyll.

Mickleden

Pausing to admire the view down Mickleden to Rossett Pike. Seeing as we are on holiday we really should play our part in helping the economy recover so we are definitely stopping for a pint on our way back to the car. In fact seeing as we are stopping above the Wainwright Inn we might even have another when we get back, after all what else can we do whilst our dinner is in the oven.

 

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