West from Bowscale to Bowscale Tarn, followed by a descent to Roundhouse. Further west through the valley to meet the Cumbria Way, then up to Great Lingy Hill along the course of Grainsgill Beck. North-east past High Pike then east to Sunny Bank and downhill to the minor road near Calebeck. South on this road below Carrock Fell to Mosedale and the starting point. An 11-mile walk in the Lake District.
The best map to use on this walk is the Ordnance Survey map of the Lake District North-Eastern Area, reference OS Explorer OL5, scale 1:25,000. It clearly displays footpaths, rights of way, open access land and vegetation on the ground, making it ideal for walking, running and hiking. The map can be purchased from Amazon in either a standard, paper version or a weatherproof, laminated version, as shown below.
The track from Bowscale to Bowscale Tarn, on the northern flanks of Bowscale Fell.
Carrock Fell on the other side of the valley.
Friendly sheep come to see me from the valley below.
The River Caldew, visible over the wall, flows east through the valley between Bowscale Fell and Carrock Fell. It’s source is high up on Skiddaw, between the summit and Sale How.
A fresh covering of snow on ground higher than 350 metres.
The view north towards Swineside at the foot of Carrock Fell.
The snow-covered route down to Roundhouse, below the steep slopes of Carrock Fell.
Footbridge over the River Caldew at Roundhouse.
The River Caldew at Roundhouse.
Picturesque farmhouses and farm buildings surrounded by trees at Roundhouse.
The view west towards Coomb Height.
A path is visible leading to the top of Coomb Height, and with hindsight it would have been easier to take this route. Instead I chose to follow the Cumbria Way alongside Grainsgill Beck on the right-hand side of the mountain. The snow and boggy ground made the ascent difficult.
The view back down the valley before I start to climb Coomb.
A welcome shelter by the side of the Cumbria Way on Great Lingy Hill.
The view south from Hare Stones towards the mountain ranges of Blencathra and Skiddaw.
Looking back towards High Pike from West Fell.
The view east from West Fell. On the horizon on the left of the photo the snow-covered mountains of the North Pennines are lit up by the sun.
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