2nd April 2011

Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Crags


Walk Overview
Time 12.40 to 15.40
Duration 3 hr
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 1900 ft
Walking with On my own
Mungrisdale - Bannerdale - Bowscale Fell - Bannerdale Crags - White Horse Bent - River Glenderamackin route back to mungrisdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Mungrisdale Village

Mungrisdale is without doubt a small place but it does still have a couple of different options for parking. Rather than list them separately, I've simply grouped them together as Mungrisedale Village. The map shows the various places on offer.


Route Map

Logic tells you that if you keep a list of most recently visited places, somewhere will always be at the bottom. Today, the place at the bottom of my list was Bowscale Fell; for no particular reason I hadn't been up here since March 2009.

This is Bannerdale View; a house as close to the open fell as you could ever wish for.

Only a couple of minutes from the start of the walk and you're out in the open and looking ahead to The Tongue (centre) and Bannerdale Crags (left).

My outward journey took me along the broader path you can see twisting its way off to the right, and for the return route, I came down the narrower path which more or less follows the line of the beck.

A view back to wards Mungrisdale or at least part of the village.

I took a slight de-tour from the proper path to take some pictures of this sheepfold. Getting across here was easy enough, but it placed me well below the path which I obviously needed to get back up to. I walked a short distance further into Bannerdale and then took the 'straight up' option.

Back on the path now and spending a few moments getting my breath back.

High Pike and Carrock Fell, taken from a very breezy Bowscale Fell summit.

Bowscale Fell summit in front of Great Calva and the cloud topped Skiddaw fells.

I took this picture looking towards Great Calve and Knott just across from the summit. Rather than just head straight back down, I did a bit of a loop round as the route map shows.

Looking back up to Bowscale Fell.
I'm not sure what the group in the middle of the picture were doing. They were there when I headed up to Bowscale, there when I came back down and didn't move until I was well on the way to Bannerdale Crags. When they did eventually move the headed straight back down the way they'd came. Hopefully they weren't intending to walk vary far and there wasn't something wrong.

A view down to Bannerdale.
The fells in the far distance are the Pennines.

Looking across the top of Bannerdale Crags' crags to Bowscale Fell.

Just across from the highest point on Bannerdale Crags I took this photo showing The Tongue, the end of Souther Fell and Mungrisdale.

Another view over the top of the crags to Bowscale Fell, this time from the White Horse Bent side of the fell.

It was slightly more sheltered here and there was also a nice flat rock to sit on, so this ended up as today's lunch with a view.

On route down the strangely named White Horse Bent.
This picture shows the long line of the far eastern ridge stretching from Arthur's Pike to High Raise, on to High Street and Caudale Moor and just peeping behind are Froswick and Ill Bell.

A close up of the Mosedale Viaduct.

As anyone who has been here will know, from this point the route gets VERY wet and muddy for a while. At first you'd be forgiven for trying to avoid the mud, but you soon realise this is wasted effort and it's easier to accept a muddy boots and trouser bottoms.

I know trees are good, in fact, I reckon we should all get out and hug one (when nobody is looking of course). Despite the benefits however, I'm undecided as to whether the planting of big areas of trees in places like this is good, bad or somewhere in the middle.


Well, that was a nice little walk. It gradually brightened up as the afternoon progressed and it looked like a later start was definitely the right thing to do today.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks