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Bowscale, Bannerdale and Souther Fell

Bowscale, Bannerdale and Souther Fell

Postby andy63 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:47 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Bannerdale Crags, Bowscale Fell, Souther Fell

Hewitts included on this walk: Bannerdale Crags, Bowscale Fell

Date walked: 20/03/2016

Time taken: 3.8

Distance: 11.7 km

Ascent: 766m

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I parked in a layby near Mungrisdale village and headed up the east ridge of Bowscale Fell.It's a steep climb from just after leaving the road until you get onto the ridge, and then a more gradual ascent over some minor summits. A slight detour from the ridge gives a view of Bowscale Tarn.

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Bowscale Tarn

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Bowscale Fell summit

From the top of Bowscale Fell a slightly boggy walk around the top of the cliffs leads to Bannerdale Crags summit.

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There's a large cairn with a view looking over the crags, but a smaller cairn further back is the actual summit.

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Bannerdale Crags summit

From here I headed south east down a wide grassy ridge towards Souther Fell. The descent gets quite steep as you approach the river Glenderamackin. According to the map there should be a footbridge over the river but there was no sign of it. Fortunately it was possible to get across by stepping over some stones.

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Descent from Bannerdale Crags

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Glenderamackin river

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River crossing

Once over the river it's an easy walk over the grassy ridge of Souther Fell - until you get to within about 100m from Mungrisdale, where there's a big 'keep out' sign aand you have to make a long detour. I found this a bit annoying, as they don't seem to be using the land for anything, so it's hard to see why they can't let people walk through it.
Apart from that it was a good walk with nice views.

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View from Souther Fell

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Re: Bowscale, Bannerdale and Souther Fell

Postby MiniRambo » Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:45 pm

A good report Andy, thanks for sharing. I can remember descending from Bowscale along your route of ascent and It was so steep that I had to hang onto vegetation and just about anything else to slow me down :lol:
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Re: Bowscale, Bannerdale and Souther Fell

Postby ChrisW » Tue Mar 29, 2016 4:50 am

Good stuff Andy, nice looking round but annoying that you had to make a long detour for the "get orf moi laaaand" folks :roll:
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Re: Bowscale, Bannerdale and Souther Fell

Postby The English Alpinist » Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:10 am

I had the same problem getting on to Souther that you had getting off it! Nice pics and a excellent round, unrrated I think.
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