Mungrisdale - Bowscale Tarn - Bowscale Fell - Mungrisdale

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Mungrisdale is a small and very pretty village on the north-eastern edge of the Lake District and is a popular starting location for exploring the fells around Blencathra. The Mill Inn is located just off the main road through the village and serves food from 12-2pm and 6-9pm.

From the village the route heads north along the road to the tiny hamlet of Bowscale. From there it's off the road and up onto the fells. The first part of the ascent follows a track that gently climbs to Bowscale Tarn. The track was once popular with Victorian tourists but no longer has the amount of traffic heading along it. Bowscale Tarn is a quiet place rarely visited compared with the thousands that walk in the lakes. From the tarn it's a short but very steep climb to get up onto the ridge above Tarn Crags and then a simple walk to get to the summit cairn. The views from the top are fantastic, with Blencathra to the south and Skiddaw to the west. Most of the fells north of Skiddaw can be seen from the top, offering a rather different view compared to the more popular fells. The fell summit is 702m above sea level so it is one of the higher peaks in the northern fells.

From the top it's downhill all the way, with the main part of the descent following a diagonal path on the north side of Bannerdale. The views from the path of Bannerdale Crags and the valley below are amazing. From the bottom it's just a couple of minutes back to the parking area.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East

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Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Pub, River, Waterfall, Wildlife

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