Bowscale Fell

Bowscale Fell, viewed from Bannerdale Crags

Height: 2306 feet above sea level.

Bowscale tarn

Bowscale Tarn is very shy, hard to see from anywhere: this picture from walk 59 does just about show it, however, nestled in its coombe at the top.

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: 12th July 2010 (walk 21).

Bagged as number: 67 out of 214. [ << Slight Side (66)  (68) Bannerdale Crags >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Ascended from Mungrisdale round via Bowscale Tarn. Left on the ridge to Bannerdale Crags.

Summit of Bowscale Fell

Summit of Bowscale Fell, looking towards Blencathra

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 7 of his chapter): “Once upon a time it was fashionable to include a visit to Bowscale Tarn in the itineraries of Ladies and Gentlemen making a Grand Tour of the Lakes…. Fashions change. Bowscale is now considered remote, ‘inconvenient’, too far away from the greater attractions of central Lakeland… Yet the Victorian travellers were right – their sense of values was always sound. The setting is wild and romantic and very impressive; and Bowscale Tarn, in 1961 as in 1861, is one of the best scenes of its kind in the district.”

What I say: I quote these lines rather than the ones about the parent fell because there is little else to Bowscale Fell beyond the tarn. However, that alone does make it a visit. I have been there before, but never managed to get a decent photo of it because there is no way of really getting it in correct perspective, so forgive me that there is no image which really evokes the feeling of solitude and peace which hangs over this place. Definitely worth the walk, ideally on a warm summer’s day.

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