13th March 2009

One step ahead of the weather on Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags and Mungrisdale Common


Walk Overview
Date 13th March 2009
Time 07.30 to 12.30
Duration 5 hr
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Mosedale - Roundhous - Bowscale Tarn - Bowscale Fell - Bannerdale Crags - Mungrisdale Common - Cloven Stone - The Stake - Skiddaw House - Cumbria Way route back to Mosedale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, end of the Mosedale road

The short distance between the end of the road and the car park itself is extremely rough and upon reflection the better option would be to park a little further back along the road. Wherever you decide to park in the area, you'll have access to some nice quiet fells where you might be lucky and have the place to yourself.


Route Map

Just before 7.30 and almost ready to set out for a walk from the head of Mosedale in the northern fells.

Last time we were here it was on the 'old crown round' walk last May. On that occasion we waded through the beck; for quickness. Today however, we did the more sensible thing and doubled back down the road as far as Roundhouse farm to take advantage of the wooden bridge across the river.

Cross the bridge and then the only way is up. Bowscale Tarn is found below the snow seen here on the skyline.

Bowscale Tarn.

And again. This time showing the steep path up to the ridge above.


As far as clarity goes, it wasn't quite the best day for long distance views. At least our early start kept us a little way ahead of the weather. You can just see the cloud moving in on the left hand side of the picture.

High Pike seen from the ridge below Bowscale Fell.

And from the other side of Bowscale Fell summit, looking across to Bannerdale Crags (left) and Blencathra (right).

Bowscale Fell seen from Bannerdale Crags.

Blencathra taken from Bannerdale Crags summit.

From Bannerdale Crags we headed across to Mungrisedale Common; one of my favourite areas of the Lake District, although a bit of blue sky and sunshine would have been nice.

Well, here comes the cloud. We could see it rapidly filling up the area between us and Skiddaw.

And little more than ten minutes after taking the previous picture Blencathra was lost in cloud.

Squelch, squelch, squelch on Mungrisdale Common.

Passing by the cairn on route to the Cloven Stone.

The Stake.
I know I'm stating the obvious, but there was more than just a little water around here today.

Skiddaw House, looking more eerie than normal because of the ever lowering cloud.

Heading down the Cumbria Way below Skiddaw House.

Our original plan had been to walk up to Great Calva and Knott after leaving Skiddaw House, but the low cloud and the impending rain changed our minds for us. The only real option open to us now, was to head down the Cumbria Way, which allowed me the opportunity to photograph some of the many sheepfolds found in the area. Including the two we'd already passed, I added nine today, taking my total up to 140. All photographed from different angles, clearly documented and behind the scenes, being slowly but surely being added into a new section on the website, which I intend to go live with at the end of this year.

And another one. The suspicious looking guy lurking in the grass with a red jacket and a pink hat is Andrew taking a picture of the bridge.

For 99 out of every 100 people who do this walk, I'm sure the best part for them would have been the higher section of the route on Bowscale Fell and Bannerdale Crags. For myself, I have to admit that this sheepfold \ ruin was the thing that made my day.
Had it been a blue sky and sunshine day I might agree with the other 99.


We were almost back at the cars now, and just in time. It was still bright enough ahead, but behind us was like looking at the ends of the earth as the rain started to catch up with us.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks