|Name of walk||Wild-camping at Bowscale Tarn|
|Date of walk||2010-08-25|
|Distance walked (miles)||12|
|Duration of walk||6 hours 0 minutes|
|Weather||Sunny and warm|
|Peaks on walk||Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags, Mungrisedale Common, Souther Fell|
Walking up the valley path to the tarn takes about an hour or so
Good reflections in the tarn as there was no wind at all
Bowscale Tarn from above. Our tent is seen on the left, 1/3 of the way down.
Well now I know that sheep still go "Baaaaaaa...!" in the night, and that planes over-head are incredibly loud! It was a full moon so it was never very dark. We get up at seven to sunshine and blue skies. Early morning is one of the rare times that the tarn sees direct sunshine, it is in shade for most of the day. Brendan making a cup of tea.
The girls have slept well!
Taking a walk around the tarn in the sunshine.
View up the tarn.
After breakfast we pack away the tent and at 8.30am take the track up the grassy rake on the right, to the top of the fell. It is the steepest bit of the walk, but easy enough with care.
View down from the top.
Looking over to Skiddaw, Great Calva and The Knott.
Walking up to Bowscale Fell summit with High Pike and Carrock Fell behind.
At the summit shelter on Bowscale Fell with the route to Bannerdale Crags going left and a cloudy Blencathra ahead.
Looking down into Bannerdale with our final fell of the walk, Souther Fell opposite
Looking back to Bowscale Fell summit from the route up Bannerdale Crags
Bannerdale Crags summit looking at Blencathra..
Heading for Mungrisdale Common. A Wainwright but a long, wet trudge into the middle of nowhere!
Behind Brendan is the back of Blencathra. (Sneaked in a bit of alliteration there...did you notice? :-) We head for the "summit" of Mungrisdale Common.
Close up of the mountains west of Derwent Water.
The summit cairn, small so very difficult to spot from a long way off! Is it a sheep? Or is it a cairn? It is surrounded by bog. Good view to the back of Skiddaw!
We trudge back, this time along the edge of the Common.
Back to the Glenderamakin Valley. We take the path down on the left
We pass under the Sharp Edge route up Blencathra.
Eventually we crossed the bridge to the other side and made our way up towards Souther Fell. Looking back to the valley.
Looking back from the route up Souther Fell.
Souther Fell cairn with Bannerdale Crags behind. We stop for some lunch.
Looking back along Souther Fell to Great Dodd and Clough Head on the left.
The ridge route Ged and I took off Bannerdale Crags in July. I told you it was steep!
The opposite view of the Bannerdale Valley that I photographed this morning
Looking down on Mungrisdale and The Mill Inn from the end of Souther Fell. Unfortunately there is a long detour off right around a field, just when you think you are within a stones throw of a drink!
Finally! A cold drink and a coffee. We got to the pub about 2.30pm, so the walk had taken six hours. Not bad going considering the weight I was carrying!