25th January 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 7

Bowscale Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 9:30 to 11:10am
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 3.4 mile
Ascent 800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Bowscale to Bowscale Tarn and back
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Bowscale Hamlet

Although Bowscale is the tiniest of places, parking is usually adequate for the amount of people who want to walk from here at one time.

Parking is free, and keep your eyes open for the fell ponies which roam around this area.


Route Map


With a less than appetising forecast for the day we kept it simple and had a short walk up to Bowscale Tarn in the hope of beating the 'persistent rain'. We didn't escape the rain altogether but we managed to miss the worst of it.

This is main street in Bowscale. It doesn't get a great deal busier than this.



Just follow the track all the way to the tarn.

Looking through Mosedale.

Sunshine lights up the side of Carrock Fell.


I suspect it would have been a bit tricky walking up here last week when the place had a proper covering of snow.

If you have good eyesight you may be able to pick out Lingy Hut just below the left hand skyline.

On the final approach to Bowscale Tarn. Blimey, it wasn't half windy up here.

Very stormy and very wintry at Bowscale Tarn.


The wind really was howling through here this morning, enough to brake up all the ice and blow to this end of the tarn. Every now and again the wind would lift some of the ice out of the water and send it flying through the air. I don't recall ever seeing this happen before. We were quite high up I suppose. And although you don't feel like you've walked to the top of anywhere, Bowscale Tarn is higher up than the top of Cat Bells, Lingmoor Fell and Great Crag.

Feeding time.


Here comes the rain.

A faint rainbow touches ground just to the right of Mosedale.

Just as I was about to shut the car boot and head for home, the sun came out the rainbow appeared and I reached for the camera.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks