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Bow Fell (Bowfell)
902m (2960ft)

The Southern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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8th highest in England,
24th in England & Wales

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10th highest in England,
27th in England & Wales

Walk Bow Fell (Bowfell) walking UK Mountains in The Southern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria    England

The view from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Peter Swan

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OS Explorer Map OL6
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)


OS Landranger Maps 89 & 90
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)



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Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Bow Fell (Bowfell) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Christine Shepherd walked up on April 25th, 2009 [from/via/route] Used walk 371 from Langdale to bag Rossett Pike, Esk Pike & Bowfell which I had bagged before in July 1997 but couldn't remember the exact date. Climbed again on 6.10.2021 using the same walk but in reverse & going up via The Climber's Traverse; superb! [with] On my own [weather] Windy & fine to start with. The storms which had been forecast for the afternoon kicked in while I was coming down the band. - I had studied the mountain forecast & made an early start so I could be off the tops before the storms. Some people heading for Scafell were putting their wet weather gear back in the car as they 'couldn't see any clouds'. They chose to ignore my warnings about the forecast. I guess they got wet!

Stephanie Doyle climbed on September 18th, 2021 [from/via/route] Car park

Kevin Foster bagged on July 2nd, 2021 [from/via/route] The Old Dungeon Ghyll National Trust car park. [with] By myself. [weather] Some clouds. - No wonder Wainwright included Bowfell in a list of his six best fells (see his concluding notes in book seven The Western Fells)! I would recommend the climbers traverse & Great Slab ascent for views & a slight sense of exposure but still being totally safe. The 360 degree views from the rocky top are superb especially of the Scafell Massif!

Jeremy Torrance hiked on May 4th, 2018 [from/via/route] Langdale [with] Lex

Wayne Baxter summited on April 26th, 2021 [from/via/route] From old Dungeon Ghyl car park follow Cumbria way path up to Rossett Pike, onto Esk Pike. Onto a clear path to Bow fell (follow the cairns) Down via the band to the car park [with] Sue [weather] Sunny

Sarah Culverhouse conquered on August 13th, 2020 [from/via/route] ODG [with] Mary Puppins [weather] glorious sunshine

John Bryers scaled on August 13th, 2020 [from/via/route] Walked up Oxendale through the farm. Continued WSW beside the wall & then bear SW (left) at a fork on a level path to reach the footbridge over Oxendale Beck. Cross the bridge & bear SW up a clear path that eventually bears S beside Browney Gill to reach a junction of paths on the col. Turning left up to peak of Pike O' Blisco. Returning to col & up to Great Crag, skirting around on right to Crinkle Crag (South top) & along ridge to Crinkle Crags (North Top). Continued along ridge along the crinkle crags 4 & 5 & up to top of Bow Fell. [with] With Mya my faithful 13 year old Patterdale Terrier. [weather] Very warm day, sweated up to Col, breeze did help & clouded in a touch. - Set off at 7.37am after parking in NT car park at New dungeon Ghyll (£8.00 parking).

Stephen Eddy walked up on June 22nd, 2019 [from/via/route] Old dungeon ghyll [with] Mike Woodhouse, Tony Harris, Martin Bayliss [weather] Sunny

Andy Buxton climbed during August, 1968 [from/via/route] From NDG - circuit of Langdale (Pavey Ark via Jack's Rake) [with] Dad [weather] Clear

Gill Bates bagged on September 15th, 2015 [from/via/route] from Langdale Valley

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Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top) and Esk Pike from the shelter on Esk Hause

Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top) and Esk Pike from the shelter on Esk Hause

Photo: Alan Wainwright (188)

On the Great Slab below Bow Fell (Bowfell)

On the Great Slab below Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Tim Hope (129)

Bow Fell (Bowfell) and Crinkle Crags (Long Top) from Hard Knott

Bow Fell (Bowfell) and Crinkle Crags (Long Top) from Hard Knott

Photo: Colin Jenkins (32)

Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Red Tarn (Langdale)

Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Red Tarn (Langdale)

Photo: Stephen Rochell (4)

Red Tarn (Langdale) with Great Knott, Shelter Crags (Crinkle Crags) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) beyond

Red Tarn (Langdale) with Great Knott, Shelter Crags (Crinkle Crags) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) beyond

Photo: Simon Barnett (43)

Easedale Tarn and High Raise (Langdale) with Bow Fell (Bowfell), Gunson Knott, Crinkle Crags (Long Top) and Crinkle Crags (South Top) beyond from Fairfield

Easedale Tarn and High Raise (Langdale) with Bow Fell (Bowfell), Gunson Knott, Crinkle Crags (Long Top) and Crinkle Crags (South Top) beyond from Fairfield

Photo: Peter Inglis (8)

Shelter Crags, Gunson Knott and Crinkle Crags from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Shelter Crags, Gunson Knott and Crinkle Crags from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Tim Hope (134)

Esk Pike (left) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Crinkle Crags (Gunson Knott)

Esk Pike (left) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Crinkle Crags (Gunson Knott)

Photo: Alan Wainwright (173)

*Great Knott, Crinkle Crags (South Top), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Gunson Knott and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Red Tarn (Langdale)

*Great Knott, Crinkle Crags (South Top), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Gunson Knott and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Red Tarn (Langdale)

Photo: Wayne Hill (3)

North from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell)

North from the summit of Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Tony Estcourt (1)

Great Knott, Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Gunson Knott, Crinkle Crags (South Top) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Red Tarn (Langdale)

Great Knott, Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Gunson Knott, Crinkle Crags (South Top) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Red Tarn (Langdale)

Photo: Andy Malcolm (16)

Crinkle Crags (South Top), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Crinkle Crags (Gunson Knott), Shelter Crags, Shelter Crags, (North Top), The Band , Bow Fell (Bowfell) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top) from Stool End, Great Langdale

Crinkle Crags (South Top), Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Crinkle Crags (Gunson Knott), Shelter Crags, Shelter Crags, (North Top), The Band , Bow Fell (Bowfell) and Bow Fell (Bowfell) (North Top) from Stool End, Great Langdale

Photo: Derek Royston (2)

Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco)

Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco)

Photo: Tim Hope (102)

*Crinkle Crags featuring Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Gunson Knott & Crinkle Crags (South Top) (left), Bow Fell (Bowfell) (centre) and The Langdale Pikes (right) from Great Langdale

*Crinkle Crags featuring Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Gunson Knott & Crinkle Crags (South Top) (left), Bow Fell (Bowfell) (centre) and The Langdale Pikes (right) from Great Langdale

Photo: Wayne Hill (26)

Crinkle Crags (centre left) with Bow Fell (Bowfell) beyond from near Prison Band below Swirl How

Crinkle Crags (centre left) with Bow Fell (Bowfell) beyond from near Prison Band below Swirl How

Photo: Rob Barklamb (24)

The famous waterspout on The Climbers' Traverse below Bow Fell (Bowfell)

The famous waterspout on The Climbers' Traverse below Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Tim Hope (126)

Three Tarns (or two tarns and a puddle) with Shelter Crags, Gunson Knott and Crinkle Crags beyond from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Three Tarns (or two tarns and a puddle) with Shelter Crags, Gunson Knott and Crinkle Crags beyond from Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Tim Hope (136)

On Bow Fell (Bowfell)

On Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Lee Camfield (2)

Early evening in Langdale with The Band leading to Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from near Stool End Farm

Early evening in Langdale with The Band leading to Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell (Bowfell) from near Stool End Farm

Photo: Philip Butler (3)

On Bow Fell (Bowfell)

On Bow Fell (Bowfell)

Photo: Lee Camfield (1)


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