4th October 2014

Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell


Walk Overview
Time 10:40am to 3pm
Duration 4 hr 20 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey and Rod Hepplewhite
Mungrisdale - Bowscale Fell east ridge - Bowscale Fell - Bannerdale Crags - White Horse Bent - Souther Fell - 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


Today's walk was a 1st choice plan B walk. T'other walk we had planned was cancelled due to the certainty of last nights weather and also the uncertainty about the weather today. It would have been much longer than this walk and we'd have had to set off while the rain was torrential. Are we frightened of a bit of rain?, , , , well not really, but according to the forecast we had something like a months worth of rain in less than 24hrs. Judging by the beck you see here, the forecasters were absolutely right.


After walking through Mungrisdale we head onto the grassy east ridge on Bowscale Fell.


On our left hand side we look across to Souther Fell (we'll be there later), Bannerdale Crags (we'll be there later as well) and The Tongue (we're not going there).

Higher up the ridge now and we see the far eastern ridge is almost cloud fell.

On the drive through this morning the lakes were full, the rivers were full and many fields we're flooded. I don't recall seeing anything like this since spring. No wonder I was kept awake half the night by the rain battering on the bedroom window.

We stop for a few minutes to look at Bowscale Tarn and the fells beyond, sadly topped with cloud.

A brief shower passed over us but it stopped just as we arrived at Bowscale Fell summit.

Lookign back up to Bowscale Fell.

Next we head for Bannerdale Crags.

The Tongue.

Sunshine on the ridge above Bannedale and now on Bowscale Fell.

Okay, if you take this picture at face value, you'd think Rod was aimlessly staring into space. He may have been for a while but then he spotted someone crossing a very precarious section of the crags to the right of Sharp Edge. We reckoned it was either someone who knew exactly what they were doing, in which case they should have known better than to go there when everywhere was so wet and slippery OR someone who had started to cross Sharp Edge, had a change of mind and ended up in the gully. We watched for a little while where we saw him (or her) eventually reach the path at the base of Sharp Edge, , , , they headed down from there.

Bannerdale Crags summit with High Pike, Carrock Fell and Bowscale Fell in the background.

We're off path for a while now as we make our way down White Horse Bent. Behind you can see Blencathra and Sharp Edge.

Down to the River Glenderamackin we go before heading back up towards Souther Fell. The camera clock says it's 13:35 (it could be wrong but that's not important).

Now the clock tells me it's 13:39; that's 4 minutes later than the previous picture and we're standing with our backs to the hail.

9 minutes after that and it's 13:48 the sun is out the sky is blue and the change was incredible. As it was so clear I thought it a good idea to take a picture of Sharp Edge.


A longer distance view across to Sharp Edge.

There goes the weather. There must be a heck of a lot of people running for shelter in Penrith at the moment.


Heading up Souther Fell.

Rain showers heading eastwards beyond Great Mell Fell.

From the not the summit cairn on Souther Fell we look across to Bowscale Fell. Shortly after leaving the cairn I made some remark about it being a long time since I've had to squelch my way across a fell.

There's nowt wrong with trying to loose a bit of weight but there's no need to go this far.


Time to head back down to Mungrisdale and all the way down we're treated to this view towards the Scottish hills on the left, the Pennines on the right and the Carlisle area in the middle.

Here you can see us three looking down to Mungrisdale.

This is the well hidden bridge across the River Glendaramackin next to Low Beckside Farm. Cross this, walk through a field, go over a stile, cross a bit of grass and you're on the road again.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks