GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Bowfell Walk

6 miles (10 km)

Climb one of the most popular fells in the Lake District on this challenging walk. Bowfell is is in Alfred Wainwright's 'best half dozen' Lake District fells. The views from the summit are magnificent with every main fell group in the Lake District visible including the Helvellyn range, theLangdale Pikesacross Langdale and Scafell Piketowering above Eskdale.
The route starts from the car park at Middle Fell Farm, just west of Dungeon Ghyll. From here you head west along the Oxendale Beck, passing Whorneyside Force Waterfall on the way. You continue west to Buscoe and the Three Tarns before coming to the summit.
If you'd like to continue your climbing you could head to the Langdale Pikes - the start point for this route is close by.

Bowfell OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Bowfell Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Just east of the car park there's the Sticklebarn for some well earned post walk refreshment. The pub has a great menu and a nice outdoor seating area with lovely views for finer days. There's a roaring fire in the cosy interior for the winter months. It's run by the National Trust and can be found at postcode LA22 9JU for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The climb up the Dungeon Ghyll waterfall is another highlight of the area. You can climb along the rushing falls to reach the tranquil Stickle Tarn at the top.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Lake District Walks page.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


On Bowfell - - 1004245

On Bowfell. Rob Jebb of Bingley Harriers descending Bowfell in the 2008 Langdale Fell Race.

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Bowfell as seen from the top of the 2nd Crinkle. The fell is the sixth highest peak in the Lake District and has a distinctive pyramid shape.

Rock formations above the Great Slab - - 1015629

Rock formations above the Great Slab

The summit of Bowfell - - 1736237

The summit

Summit cairn on Bowfell - - 1736243

Summit cairn and view.

Bow Fell viewed from one of the Three Tarns - - 506707

The fell viewed from one of the Three Tarns

Whorneyside Force (7177982081)

Whorneyside Force, a lovely waterfall with a 70 foot drop. You'll pass these pretty falls on your way up to the fell.

Oxendale Beck - - 365145

Oxendale Beck. The route passes along this pretty beck before the climb to the fell.

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

Bowfell.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>'Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Share>Save to Files)