Bowfell from Great Langdale – the ultimate Lake District fell walk

Don’t just take our word for it about Bowfell being one of the best Lake District fells but also the great Alfred Wainwright and Outdoors Magic, the leading outdoors magazine. Wainwright in fact ranked it “amongst the best half dozen” of the Lake District fells.

Let’s talk a bit out Bowfell first. Located in the Southern Fells region in Wainwright’s pictorial guides, it is the 6th highest peak in the Lake District at a height of 2959 feet. It is a highly impressive and striking rocky fell with nine gullies.

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It can be attacked from various start points offering different routes, experiences and vistas and can also be joined onto Crinkle Crags and Esk Pike, both two fantastic fells in their own right. For an even bigger challenge then Bowfell leads onto Great End which gives access to Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak. This route is a hefty yet extremely rewarding 14 miles enabling walkers to see two very distinctive sides of the Lake District and in fact, views of a huge percentage of the National Park.

But Bowfell can more than entertain on its own and from Great Langdale is a great starting point in which the full spectacle and long ridge of this fell can be enjoyed. It is a busy fell so the quieter autumn into winter months are ideal and when Cumbria can often be granted with the clearest days of any during the year.

As recommended by Outdoors Magic as well as ourselves, Brimstone Luxury Hotel at Great Langdale is the ultimate Stay in Style accommodation when doing the Bowfell walk. It’s high end luxury so not an everyday place to but for a real treat and the chance to borrow Berghaus gear from their extensive Berghaus Bootroom, not to mention the free snacks and drinks in the Reading Room, it offers plenty of extras for your money. Book 30 days or more in advance and receive 20% off the room rate too. For more information visit