My first ‘proper’ walk in the Lake District last year was a round circuit up Bowscale fell, starting from Mungrisdale. Weather was lovely, if a bit windy in exposed areas, and I really enjoyed this walk. I remember a feeling of isolation in this whole area (it’s on the back side of Blencathra), although the drive to get there was rather short. The start of the walk provided some entertainment, as a whole section of path (near Bullfell Beck) had washed away, I think from the previous year’s flood. I explored my options, and eventually settled for a crossing near where the stream forked. There were large enough stones visible and the beck’s level was low enough, so I could get across without getting wet. Soon the walk steepened as I climbed the south side of The Tongue. Suddenly, as it seemed, I reached a wide upland, with the summit of Bowscale fell in clear view.
For the first time on this blog, I thought I’d include a map of the walk. I’ve been keeping track of most of my walks for quite a few years now, so it’s often possible to include a map. The availability of good maps with an open license (such as OpenTopoMap used here under CC-BY-SA) make the whole process fairly straightforward. I’d like to know if you find this useful.