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.Add Bowfell and other attractions to your Seascale trip itinerary using our Seascale route maker website .
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.
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.
Build a planTell us where and when you
want to go, we will build
the best sightseeing itinerary
Refine itYou have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
Book as a packageUse our travel agents to get
package savings and hassle free booking
Enjoy your trip!Enjoy our 24x7
Popular things to do in Little Langdale
Plans to Bowfell by other users
32 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM INDIA November, outdoors, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 46 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA November, outdoors, historic sites, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 43 days in Clitheroe BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in England BY A USER FROM THAILAND October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 15 days in England BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA December, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 18 days in United Kingdom & Paris BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium