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Bowfell, Seascale

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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.TopographyThe 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.
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  • May 21, 2017
    This is the 25th year the same group of us has walked in the Lakes. It's an annual expedition featuring walking, beer and a lot of laughs. This year we went up Bowfell, via The Band, the Climbers' Tra...  more »
  • October 18, 2016
    Having had this hill on my todo list for more than 25yrs I thought it about time I got myself up it to see what it is really like and dragged a friend along with me. We set out from Dungeon Ghyll Hote...  more »
  • August 4, 2016
    The title was the response of my daughter introducing her Lake District ingenue boyfriend to this magnificent mountain. She had never scaled Bowfell before and was keen to give him a memorable introdu...  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    OK but service was a little slow. Took six hours for four humans to deliver my crumb of sesame snap.

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