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Bowfell, Seascale

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Bowfell is a pyramid-shaped mountain lying at the heart of the English Lake District, in the Southern Fells area. It is the sixth-highest mountain in the Lake District and one of the most popular of the Lake District fells for walkers. It is listed in Alfred Wainwright's 'best half dozen' Lake District fells.
The Southern Fells include the highest ground in England, a horseshoe which begins with Scafell and Scafell Pike in the west and then curves around the north of Upper Eskdale to take in Great End, Esk Pike, Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.
In addition to Eskdale, Bowfell has a footing in two other well known valleys. It stands at the head of Great Langdale — its east ridge dividing the two branches of Mickleden and Oxendale — while to the north is the Langstrath branch of Borrowdale. From all of these valleys Bowfell presents a striking profile with a conical top resting upon a wider summit plateau.
To the north-west of Bowfell the main ridge drops to the depression of Ore Gap, named after its reddish soil, rich in haematite. Below the col on the northern side is Angle Tarn. This round waterbody occupies a corrie beneath Hanging Knotts, small trout lurking in its 50 ft depths. Its outflow is a tributary of the Langstrath Beck, making for Stonethwaite. To the south of Ore Gap runs Yeastyrigg Gill, the main headwater of Lingcove Beck, flowing into the fastness of upper Eskdale. Beyond the Gap the ridge makes the stony three-tiered climb to the white-rocked summit of Esk Pike.
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  • Just a wonderful walk. The same starting point as the Bowfell walk from the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel (there are many other starting points) through Stool End farm, ignore the first right over the band ...  more »
  • walked each on separate occasions. both wonderful walks. bowfell via rossett pike/angle tarn/ fine on clear day when navigation easy- from band-straightforward crinkle crags-obviously LOTS of ups & do...  more »
  • One of the best fells in the country! It's not too difficult and it has great views. not to be missed!
  • Great climb with amazing views, we saw a lot of people towards the top give up. But the last stretch was really worth the effort.
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