Many join us in the Lakes to experience the gloriousness of the fells. We are
lucky to be located in the Southern Fells district, with the Langdales on our doorstep.
Standing at 902m (2,959ft), Bowfell makes up the skyline at the head of Great
Langdale. If you only have chance to do one big walk, then this is a must-do as its a great way of taking in the sights of other surrounding fells in order to pop them on your to-do list for next time.
Even though it is supposedly summertime, on the fells the weather can be changeable, as these photos will demonstrate! So, a word of warning– be prepared. And take cake.
There are various planned routes for Bowfell and Crinkle Crags, not surprising really as it was one of Wainwrights favourites. A circular one is best for those travelling by car, although get there early as parking is a bit of a rare commodity. This route is a good one for those who are not hardened hikers but still promises a strenuous and rewarding route to the summit.
It is a two and a half hour walk, passing beautiful scenery such as Three Tarns on the col between Crinkle Crags and Bowfell:
You can see Scafell and Scafell Pike in the background –making up the highest peaks in the Lake District. The views from the top can tend to be misty unless you are really lucky, but you can still see the beauty of the Lake District in all its glory.
Whilst you are looking down, don't be surprised to find a climber or two. Indeed, if you are an experience climber, Bowfell is a brilliant climb (so we are reliably informed!)
On the descent, the surroundings never fail to keep things interesting, with gorges and streams, waterfalls and views at every turn. It can get a bit steep both up and down, so be prepared to use all fours at some stage.
Of course, what is one of the best parts of a good walk? That's right–the pint at the end! With several good pubs at the end of the walk,you'll be spoiled for choice for local ale to reward yourself with!