Bowfell (via Hell Gill and Climbers' Traverse)

Bowfell (or 'Bow Fell' as it is on OS maps) is the highest and in many ways the most impressive of the set of mountains known as the 'Langdale Pikes'.  This is principally because of its commanding position at the head of the Langdale valley, its shapely profile, and the wealth of fine ascents that it affords from all sides.

On this occasion the Hell Gill route was chosen, because I discovered on a previous outing that 'Hell' in this context consists of a very attractive series of well-shaded rocky pools and waterfalls, preceded by the impressive sight of Whorneyside Force cascading down the upper reaches of Oxendale Beck.

This part of the walk proved to be temptingly sunny and warm, but unfortunately, from the section above the top of Hell Gill onwards until the descent (despite hanging about for a good hour on the summit in hope) the cloud came down for the most part, thus obscuring the grand views that would otherwise have been available (but see here and here).

Given this disappointment, I felt there was no point in descending via e.g., Ore Gap or making for the Crinkles (also cloud-capped), and thus decided in the end that the best way to relieve incipient boredom was to make for the top of Great Slab and descend thereby to the Climbers' Traverse, and so on eventually to the Band and back down once again.

The day as a whole, despite the cloud, was far from a write off, however, as the photos below hopefully show - indeed, as already indicated, it is impossible for Bowfell to really disappoint, whatever the weather!

[Distance: 6.5 miles, 10.6 km.  Highest point: 2963 ft., 903 m. (Bowfell)).  Total ascent: 2900 ft., 883 m.]

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