Bowscale Fell and your need to know guide on the Wainwright


Wainwright Number:

Northern Lakes

OS Map:
OL map 5

Bowscale Fell is 702m high or 2303ft tall. 

This Wainwright is located in the northern Fells of the Lake District.

You can head up to Bowscale Fell from Mungrisdale. Head up past Raven Crags and follow the east of the ridge to the top. 

You will need Explorer map OL5.

Bowscale Fell is located in the Blencathra Fells. So the Wainwrights close by are those such as Blencathra itself, Mungrisdale Common, and Bannerdale Crags

At the top of Bowscale Fell is a small Cairn which lies around 100 yards away from the true summit which is actually a broken down shelter. 

Where is Bowscale Fell located in the Lake District?

Located in the northern fells, this Wainwright of Bowscale Fell sits happily with the group of other Wainwrights. Making it the perfect one to bag a couple more while you're in the area. Not to mention pretty close to Blencathra. So why not do a huge walk?

So how hard is the Fell to climb and which routes can you take?

Bowscale Fell isn't one that is remembered to a massive degree. Perhaps if we'd climbed it on its own then it would have a more defining memory. Either way, for us it didn't appear to be a particularly tough one. Thus being we climbed down from it, not up to it.

We started at Mungrisdale and made our way to Souther Fell. We then walked to Blencathra, Mungrisdale Common and then on towards Bannerdale Crags. The final Wainwright of the day would be Bowscale Fell, where we then headed off the fells in the northern Lake District.

Or course you can simply climb Bowscale Fell on its own. No problem, just head up from Mungrisdale past Raven Crags and follow the east ridge. Or you can climb the old bridleway near the south of the tongue, and you can, of course, climb up the tongue too. So many choices with this Wainwright.

The final option I'll give is that if climbing from Bowscale. This will take you past Bowscale Tarn (another beautiful tarn to behold) until finally reaching the summit of Bowscale Fell.

How long does it take to climb Bowscale Fell?

Again a short walk will take you a couple of hours to climb Bowscale Fell, approximately 2 and a half hours. Or if you want to do a round route it'll take you, like us, just over 7 hours. So depending on if you want a full day to walk in the Lake District or a small one the options are yours for the taking.

We'd love to try some of these different paths to get a feel for it as an individual Wainwright and see how tough it is to climb on its own.

Read More:

Read our walk from Mungrisdale to Blencathra, which includes this Wainwright of Bannderdale Crags. See the amazing views and get geared up to bag it yourself. 

Are the paths good climbing up Bowscale Fell?

We found the paths pretty decent on the top, if not a little boggy and patchy in some places. But all in all good. Coming back down there was a lot of ferns growing waist-high so the paths weren't that easy to see unless of course, you are on them. So take that into consideration with the time of year.

Of course, with all grassy routes, it will get boggy and damp underfoot when the rain has come. Which unfortunately the Lake District does have a lot to offer in the form of rain.

If you start your ascent from Bowscale then the paths are slightly wider and easier to walk on with some stone too. It's only when you reach Bowscale Tarn that the path narrows and eventually goes back to being fully grassed.

The summit of Bowscale Fell is a very grassy top and doesn't distinctly have a path as such. In some cases, you'll have to work out which way you are to descent and head in the most sensible direction. You'll soon come to find a good path again but be careful in bad conditions as it could get a touch confusing.

Best parking to start your route

Parking for this route will be best at either Mungrisdale or Bowscale for this Wainwright walk. Mungrisdale being the first little village you'll get to from leaving the A66 and then Bowscale shortly afterwards.

What is at the summit of Bowscale Fell?

So here again we have a rather interesting one. If you are coming from the direction of Bowscale Tarn then you'll first hit a small cairn. This is actually 100 yards off the true summit of Bowscale Fell which is a sort of haphazard shelter. The perfect place for a snack as far as I'm concerned.

The top is mainly grassy, with a couple of small stones thrown in too. Be careful finding the path for your descent as it can become slightly uncertain off the top of Bowscale Fell.

Bowscale Fell in the Lake District. Photo by True Freedom Seekers

What are the views from the top?

Ahh, the most important part of the walk to Bowscale Fell. What views can you see? Well let's see shall we, mind the pun once more. To the north will be Carrock Fell, then moving east you'll see Souther Fell. South-east Gowbarrow Fell, Beda Fell, and Caudale Moor to name but a few.

South to the south-west, you'll be able to view Helvellyn, Clough Head, Blencathra, Pillar, and Lonscale. And of course Skiddaw and Bakestall to the west. You'll see many more on a clear day and the views really do have 360 degrees from this one. Make sure to bring your camera along with you!

Which OS map do you need to climb Bowscale Fell?

OL 5 will be the map to point you in the right direction for this Wainwright of Bowscale Fell.

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