3rd March 2013

Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell from Mungrisdale


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 15.00
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Mungrisdale - Bowscale Fell east ridge - Bowscale Fell - Bannerdale Crags - White Horse Bent - Souther Fell - 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

Mungrisdale church, passed shortly after setting off and shortly before we left the road to begin walking up Bowscale Fell's east ridge.

Ordinarily we like to start walking at a more respectable time than this but the forecasters has hinted that the afternoon would bring us some sunshine. So, hoping to take advantage, we delayed setting off until mid morning only to realise we'd been the victims of a hoax forecast. Never mind, the extra sleep probably did us good even though the time could have been spent doing something more worthwhile.

A view down to Mungrisdale.

Heading up to Bowscale Fell.

On route to the top of Bowscale Fell we ventured across to the side of the ridge for a view of Bowscale Tarn; legendary home to two immortal fish. I hope they get along with each other.

This is Bowscale summit shelter. People under 6ft tall may find it useful, those over 6ft tall may have cause to complain.

Turning around after taking the previous picture and here you can see High Pike and Carrock Fell.

Looking back to Bowscale Fell.
Nice headscarf by the way. If Jennifer reads this I'll get told off for saying that.

With all the warm days we've had recently I'm surprised at how much snow / ice is still clinging to the fells. No doubt the frosty nights and lack of rain has played it's part. As much as I like the snow, once it gets to this time of year I just want it all to melt so that spring can come along.

Bowscale Fell.

Heading up to Bannerdale Crags and something to eat.

Adding scale.

Bannerdale Crags summit in front of Skiddaw (the higher one in the background) and Great Calva (the pointed one right of centre).

A close up of Blencathra summit.

Looking down to Bannerdale.

After a steep walk down from Bannerdale Crags, it was time to head back up hill to Souther Fell.

Sunbeams and silhouettes.

Blencathra and Bannerdale Crags, seen from the viewpoint on Souther Fell (this isn't the summit).
We'd just walked down the skyline directly behind the cairn.

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

"what do you mean by that"

"well, just over a week ago Andrew was standing on top of Kilimanjaro at over 19,000ft asl, and now, here he is walking across Souther Fell with us three"


Down the ridge to Mungrisdale we go.

And there it is.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks