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Scafell and Scafell Pike from Bowfell. The Lake District
Scafell and Scafell Pike from Bowfell. The Lake District

Bowfell. The Lake District

At a height of 902m Bowfell is the 6th highest mountain in England. From a distance Bowfell has a distinctive pyramid like shape with deep gulleys on one side.

I usually start my climb from the Langdale side and walk up the band and the turn right at the three tarns before making the scramble up to the top. En route you go past a huge slab of rock named “great slab”. I haven’t got photographs of this but I always stop and stare at it for a little while on the way up.

Once you reach the top you get a great view of the Scafell Range. Left to right you see Scafell, the gap in the middle is Mickeldore and the right peak is the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike. You get good views into the Eskdale valley on one side and the Langdale valley on the other.

On the way down I usually go down via Angle tarn and drop down Rossett Ghyll to get a different view. I managed to sneak up on a Herdwick which was standing guard over the Langdale Valley on this route.
Another good memory of a walk here is with my brother and his friends, it was my most painful walk I’ve ever done as I sprained my ankle the week before but I took a tactical break and got my brother and his friends walking down Rosset Gill.

Difficulty: Difficult

OS Map: South West

Best time of the day to go here: All Day

Best time of the year to visit: All year round

Parking: National Trust car park at the old Dungeon Ghyll

Places close by: Crinkle Crags, Angle Tarn, Rossett Gill

Nearest town/village: Chapel Stile, Elterwater

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