Bowfell & Rossett Pike

Name of walk Bowfell & Rossett Pike
Date of walk 2022-04-27

The winds of recent days had died down so Ged and I drove to the Old Dungeon Ghyll NT car park in Great Langdale to climb Bowfell via The Band, the Climbers’ Traverse and the Great Slab route. We would then go down to Ore Gap turn right for Angle Tarn and go up to Rossett Pike. We will walk back via the Rossett Gill path and Mickleden. The walk would be nine miles and take about seven and a half hours.

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No water in Mickleden Beck.

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Approaching The Band.

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"Does my bum look big in this?"

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The helicopter would keep making an appearance, bringing rocks up to the footpath near Three Tarns, with the guys from Fix The Fells.

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View back to Great Langdale as we head up The Band.

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A Herdwick with Cold Pike behind.

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View into Mickleden, our route back.

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A glimpse of Red Tarn to the right of Pike o'Blisco.

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An hour and a half after setting off we get this view of Bowfell. We take the higher path on the right, not the one up to Three Tarns.

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View back from the higher path.

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We are looking forward to our break at the top of the rocks.

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A break with a view. Just around the corner from us is the Climbers' Traverse.

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We are now on the Climbers' Traverse which leads us to the bottom of the Great Slab.

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The route is "airey"! Not to be attempted in high winds or ice.

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A most enjoyable, and quiet route.

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With the occasional obstacle!

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Bowfell Buttress. The climbers' destination.

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The waterspout at the start of the route up the Great Slab. Wainwright says that "Nothing better ever came out of a barrel or bottle."

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We head up the side of The Great Slab, climbing over boulders.

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The Great Slab.

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Nearly at the top.

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The view down. The valley ahead is Langstrath.

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Two of the guys from Fix The Fells add some scale to the top of the Great Slab.

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We have a chat and then leave them to their lunch. Windermere in the distance.

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We head for Bowfell summit.

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Ged arriving on the summit. Esk Pike to the left, Allen Crags above Ged's head and Hanging Knotts on the right. It had taken us three and a half hours.

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Scafell and Scafell Pike.

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View down to Three Tarns and the route to Crinkle Crags.

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Close up of Langstrath.

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Looking over to Stickle Pike, Harter fell and Blackcombe.

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Panorama with Crinkle Crags central. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Panorama of Slight Side, Scafell, Scafell Pike and Ill Crag. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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The River Esk.

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Bowfell summit with the Scafells behind.

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The helicopter moving rocks with Pike o'Blisco behind.

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Looking over to the Langdale Pikes.

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We head down towards Ore Gap, just below Esk Pike on the left.

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Bowfell Butress on the left and the view down Mickleden.

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Approaching Ore Gap with Esk Pike ahead. The terrain is very rocky.

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We head down towards Angle Tarn. Rossett Pike above it.

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We avoid the path and come down the grass to the tarn.

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We have another break here.

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Hanging Knotts on the left.

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We reach the outflow and head up towards Rossett Pike.

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View back to Angle Tarn.

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Rossett Pike. Geds sits on a rock while I head up.

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I've been to the summit, I now head for the viewpoint.

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The view down Mickleden. Pike o' Stickle on the left.

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Panorama to include Bowfell and the Great Slab on the right. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Rossett Pike summit selfie.

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A close up of our route below and then climbing up the right side of the Great Slab, unfortunately in shadow.

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The top of the grueling route down the Rossett Gill path. It will take about two hours to walk back from here. The last time I walked it was with Sue and Derek after completing my third time around the Wainwrights, I still remember the pain!

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No end in sight!

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View back up to Rossett Pike on the left.

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Now the long walk back over uncomfortable stony ground to the car park at Old Dungeon Ghyll.

An excellent, but tiring walk. I’m glad the weather had improved by the time we reached the summit of Bowfell.

Jo.

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