Bowscale Fell

Bowscale Fell Summit
Bowscale Fell Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Bowscale Fell, Cumbria, Lake District

A Few Facts About Bowscale Fell

Location -
Bowscale Fell rises above the village of Mungrisdale in the Northern Fells. It stands at the extreme north east the Blencathra group connected to this higher fell by the intervening Bannerdale Crags. In common with many fells the western slopes are smooth and convex while the eastern side exhibits crags.

An Excellent View -
The summit of the fell bears a rash of stones although all else is grass. There is a windshelter at the highest point and a cairn a little to the north marking the direction of Bowscale Tarn. The view of Blencathra and Sharp Edge is excellent together with a surprising vista of the North Western Fells through the Glenderaterra gap.

The Tarn Below -
Perched in a bowl scooped out on the northern face of this ridge is Bowscale Tarn. This is a classic corrie tarn held in by a whalebacked moraine and having a depth of around 60 feet. Bowscale Tarn was a popular tourist attraction in Victorian times visitors being brought by pony to observe its wild and moody setting. Tastes change and the tarn now finds itself on few itineries for a grand tour of the District. Legend had it that the tarn was home to two immortal fish one version of the tale also crediting them with the gift of speech. Above the water is Tarn Crag the steepest face on the fell.

Wainwright and Birkett Fells -
Bowscale Fell is ranked number 86 in height in the full Wainwright listing - number 8 in height in Wainwrights Northern Fells - and number 140 in height in the full Birkett listing.

Many Ascents -
A number of alternatives are available when starting from Mungrisdale. The easiest follows a gently rising track to the depression at the head of Bannerdale while a variation is to turn off and climb steeply up the terminal slope of The Tongue. Bullfell Beck can also be followed to give the most direct ascent to the summit but the best route is perhaps to follow the east ridge over its undulating tops. From Bowscale a little along the road to the north the Victorian pony route to Bowscale Tarn can still be followed continuing up a grassy rake that bisects Tarn Crag.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Bridge, Buxton & Lewis, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, Northern Fell, Nuttall, Sim, Synge, Tump, Wainwright

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