Bowfell (or ‘Bow Fell)’ is the ‘monarch’ of the Great Langdale ‘glen’. Both in height and mass it towers over all the neighbouring fell ‘royalty’, and offers a wonderfully powerful and intimidating profile from all its major routes of ascent. It also includes one of only a handful of Lakeland’s airy, precipitous ‘climbers’ traverses’, i.e., routes intended primarily for rock-climbers, but also accessible to fell-walkers (minus the rock-climbing aspect!). As can be seen below, the Bowfell one gives access to a hidden ‘Hall of the Mountain King’, full of highly impressive rock and crag scenery, with sweeping, steep vistas down Rossett Gill to Mickelden floor. Furthermore, the exit from it to the summit involves an exhilarating ascent up the ‘River of Boulders’ at the edge of the huge flat sharply-angled ‘Great Slab’. Only a very few other Lake district fells have such a wealth of attractions!
Ascent was from Dungeon Ghyll ‘Old’ Hotel to Stool End Farm, up the ‘nose’ of The Band, off to the right to join the Climbers’ Traverse, and thence to the summit. Descent was via Ore Gap, Angle Tarn, Rossett Gill and back to the hotel via Mickelden. Even in the less than ideal weather conditions the views were very impressive on the way up of Pike o’ Stickle and Loft Crag in particular, and, from the summit, there were wonderful panoramas of the Scafells, Eskdale and Great Langdale. But the whole day’s going in such majestic mountain scenery never failed to impress - truly one of Lakeland's very best outings!
Highest point (Bowfell): 2960 ft./ 902 m. Distance: 7.83 miles/ 12.6 km. Ascent: 2969 ft./ 905 m.

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