Walk                 : Bowscale Fell (2,306 ft) & Bannerdale Crags (2,230 ft)

                        Date                 : 30th June 2016

                        Weather           : Dry @ 13° C

                        Route Details    : From Bowscale via Bowscale Tarn

                        Distance           : @ 7.1 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 75 mins to Bowscale Fell summit

                            

 

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        This walk was notable in that Bannerdale Crags became my 100th Wainwright summit. The walk itself is indeed a fine one and the

                                    gentle slope leading up to Bowscale Tarn takes a lot of the labour away from getting up to over 2,000 feet

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

From the A66 heading away from Keswick, take the road signposted to Mungrisedale and head for the tiny hamlet of Bowscale

Just before a row of cottages there is space on the right for several cars to park freely

 

 

Take the stone track that leads past some farm buildings

 

 

Through the gate to gain access to the open fell side

 

 

An early view of Bowscale Fell from the track

 

 

The Caldew Valley from the track

 

 

The track climbs very gently towards the Col that’s leads on towards Bowscale Fell’s Northern ridge

 

 

 

Looking across the valley to Carrock Fell

 

 

At the point where the track swings left towards Bowscale Tarn

 

 

Bowscale Tarn

 

 

Sue and Ste pause to take in the fine view

 

 

She thinks we are joking when we reveal the next bit of the climb ……

 

 

Yep, that’s it Sue, 400 feet up there via the hairpin path. The path itself is very narrow in parts with a steep drop

and requires a little care, especially when coming down

 

 

Half way up and a good view of Bowscale Tarn

 

 

 

The upper reaches of the track to gain the North ridge

 

 

The start of the North ridge leading to the summit

 

 

Looking over to Blencathra from the ridge

 

 

A clear track is easily followed to the summit

 

 

Looking back towards Skiddaw

 

 

The summit shelter cairn on Bowscale Fell

 

 

Looking across to the next fell …. Bannerdale Crags

 

 

Looking towards the summit of Blencathra

 

 

 

 

Following the edge towards Bannerdale Crags. Care would be required in mist for sure

 

 

Its quite a steep drop and the path leads very close to the edge

 

 

Ste on the summit of Bannerdale Crags

 

 

Behind Blencathra

 

 

I’m not sure if this is the true summit – its hard to tell, but just in case

 

 

100 up !!!!!!  yeah !!!only 114 to go L

 

 

 

 

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