The pyramid shaped Bowfell is a popular choice for fell walkers. The route up is fairly straight forward, but the top, with its carpet of boulders, presents a fun challenge with a fair amount of scrambling required.

You will also pass through a place known as "Three Tarns", although at many times during the year, there are only two present. The summit gives panoramic views across the Lake District, including of Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, and Langdale.

The Route

Views of the Scafell Range from the Bowfell summit

Views of the Scafell Range from the Bowfell summit

Go through the gate at the start point, and follow this track where you will reach Stool End Farm. Continue past the farm, the way is clearly marked. At Grid Ref NY 275 056 bear left onto the route that is known as the Band.

This path takes you directly to Three Tarns, and is fairly steep in places but well maintained with waymarkers. At the top of the Band (NY 248 060) you will find yourself between Bowfell and the adjacent, uniquely named peak, Crinkle Crags. Here you will find two or possiblly three tarns depending on the time of year, and this is an excellent rest spot as the terrain becomes considerably more rocky from herein.

Turn right here to begin the ascent up Bowfell. This ascent involves a fair amount of scrambling and beginners may struggle. You are rewarded with fantastic views from the summit.

Useful Information

Parking: There is a National Trust car park close to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale (Satnav Postcode LA22 9JY)

Start Point: Grid Ref NY 285 059; Head west from the car park along the road; The road turns sharply left, and at this turning there is a gate leading onto National Trust owned land with a clearly marked path

Summit: Grid Ref NY 244 064; 902 metres above sea level

Distance: Approximately 6 miles

Terrain: Steep mountain path; Rocky towards the summit with scrambling required

Total Time (Ascent & Descent): 5 - 6 hours

Suitable For: Adults and teenagers with good fitness


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