I first took a walk over Crinkle Crags at the head of the Great Langdale Valley in the 1980s, when Jim and I were busy discovering the best fell-top routes and consulting our Wainwright guidebooks. Since then I have walked this wonderful mountain ridge with my children, my father, my aunt and with several of my British and Australian friends. I've been up on the fell-tops in all weathers and sometimes made the decision that the pub is the best destination. I do seem to have been blessed with a good deal of sunny days, where the walking, the views, the good company and the fell-top picnics have been a real treat. 

Each time the five Crinkles that make up this ridge walk have thrown up something new to enjoy. A view I hadn't previously noticed, a rocky outcrop that juts up like teeth against the skyline or a meandering path among the rocks that doesn't feel quite so familiar as it should. I always try to count the five Crinkles that make up this long walk with its rocky summits and cairns, but it can be confusing and in bad weather it demands your attention. 

And then there is the Bad Step, an awkward but short climb up or down (depending on which route you take), which can take non-climbers by surprise. It can be avoided and in bad weather may be best to do so by taking a gentler path.

I'm always a little sad when I get to the Three Tarns at the end of the walk, on this occasion having walked up from the Three Shire Stone on Wrynose Pass, past Red Tarn and up on to the Crinkle Crags ridge. Making the decision on whether to travel on to Bowfell or begin the long descent down the Band can take some pondering.

On this warm May day, we guided Pam and David over the Crinkles for their first visit to this fell-top, when the views were incredible down to the green Great Langdale Valley below with Lake Windermere shimmering in the distance, and the massive Scafell range looming overhead to the other side. We took our time, enjoying the sun and changing views from each vantage point along the way, and then began that long, walk down the Band to enjoy a well-earned drink and meal at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. 

 A great day out on what is one of the best day walks that the Lakes has to offer. In the early evening, we drove over to Blea Tarn to take a swim in the quiet tarn, and to get a final view of the Langdale fells from a different angle. It won't be long before I am up there again.