1st April 2007

The fells above Mungrisdale


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 14.00
Duration 5 hr
Distance 8.6 mile
Ascent 2579 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Mungrisdale - Souther Fell - White Horse Bent - Bannerdale Crags - Bowscale Fell - Tarn Crags - Bowscale Tarn - Bowscale - Road to Mungrisdale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Mungrisdale Village

Mungrisdale is without doubt a small place but it does still have a couple of different options for parking. Rather than list them separately, I've simply grouped them together as Mungrisedale Village. The map shows the various places on offer.


Route Map

Bannerdale View found at the end of the lane in Mungrisdale where we parked the car.

The view down to Mungrisdale taken from Souther Fell's northern ridge.

To gain access to the ridge from Mungrisdale you need to take a route past the Mill Inn and continue along the road above Low Beckside, then walk onto the open fell above the intake wall. The most obvious route, through the field behind the Mill Inn has a sign on the gate telling walker that there's no public access. If people want stop walkers cutting across fields Etc then that's fair enough, if they own the land. What would be nice for routes that have been used in the past, is that alongside the no entry sign they suggest an alternative (if there is one).
When we passed the gate there was another couple standing there, looking at a map and trying to work out which way to go. I don't normally butt in when people are working out a route, but they seemed to be at a total loss as to which way they should head in. After I let them know you can easily access the fell further along the road, they said "we can't understand it; when we were last here in 1978 there wasn't a problem". I can't really comment on that as I was still at school, but it made me smile to myself as I was walking away.

One of the small and surprisingly still frozen pools on Souther Fell with the sunshine slowly creeping across to Bannerdale Crags.

Not the summit cairn, but the more substantial one found a little further along the ridge, somewhat to the right of the obvious route across the ridge itself.

Heading down to the col between Souther Fell and Scales Fell, where we then took the lower path leading off to the right. After crossing the river Glenderamackin we took an off path direct (ish) route up White Horse Bent; the fell sloping into the picture on the right.

A profusion or should that be confusion of fells seen from the path down to the river.

How do I explain this lot:-
The fell on the right is Souther Fell.
The fell on the left is the bottom section of White Horse Bent.
The path to the left of the river leads down to Mungrisdale village.
The fell running across the picture (with the sun on it) is Bowscale Fell (left of the snow) dropping down to The Tongue.

A close up of Sharp Edge.

Our crossing point of the river Glenderamackin.

Blencathra and Atkinson Pike getting bigger and bigger as we slowly gained height on the grassy slopes on White Horse Bent. Almost like a rocky island raising up behind the horizon.

The cairn on Bannerdale Crags; not quite the highest point I should add, but still close enough to the top to be part of the summit. if you know what I mean.

Off path, up hill routes over this terrain are always hard work; not the incline so much, but rather the countless number of grassy tussocks that need to be stepped over with every stride you take. So, with the hard slog up White Horse Bent behind us, that was the difficult bit of the walk over with. Even the short ascent to Bowscale Fell is quite easy going, showing what a difference having a path makes.

Leaving Bannerdale Crags summit and walking around the top of, well, , Bannerdale (Crags). Confusing isn't it?

On route to Bowscale Fell.

Great Calve (just) and Knott seen from the pile of stones found a couple of yards from the summit shelter.

Carrock Fell behind the moorland we walked across to reach the unimaginatively named Tarn Crags, found above Bowscale Tarn. The faint brown line on the right of the photo is actually the path which runs from Bowscale Fell all the way down to the tarn itself; although from this point you'd be justified in doubting of this. The path does in fact turn sharp right over the edge of the ridge to follow a very steep path down to the tarn.

The exposure seems to have gone haywire, but at least the picture shows a decent view of the tarn.

I'm probably in a minority here, but what a fantastic place. Give me this over the more rocky, mountainous parts of the Lake District any day.

After leaving Bowscale Tarn where it was like a sun trap which was warm enough for people to be laying down and enjoying the weather, we followed the long track to the little hamlet of Bowscale.

And looking back through the little valley of Mosedale.

Mosedale Hamlet seen below Carrock Fell.

Mungrisdale Church on a lovely spring afternoon. I was really starting to feel like it was a shame to go home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks