Bowfell can be thought of as the “queen” or “king” of the fells of Great Langdale, since it sits as if on a throne at the very end of the dale, regally towering over all the other peaks in the vicinity. The ascent was via the Band, the Climbers’ Traverse and the Great Slab. Descent via Three Tarns, and down the Band again, with a brief detour to admire the views back up to Bowfell and down into Mickleden at Earing Crag. Views of the Crinkles, Bowfell’s various fine rock formations, and at the top, of the Scafell range, were particularly fine, only those over to the Langdale Pikes and down Langdale itself being somewhat less clear, due to mist. Distance: 5.38 miles/8.67 km; height: 2523 ft./769m.

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