Bowfell and Esk Pike
Distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km) Ascent: 3200 ft (975 m) Time: 6 - 7 hours
Turn right out of the gate and walk down the valley to the road head just past the Old Dungeon Ghyll hotel. Part of the road walking can be avoided by taking the path that begins in the entrance to the NT Stickle Ghyll car park and follows a pleasant route through fields by the beck to Old Dungeon Ghyll.
At the road head go through the gate and follow the farm road to Stool End at the foot of The Band. Here the climbing begins, steeply at first before the angle eventually eases and the path sweeps round towards the col at Three Tarns. There are good views of the Scafell Range from here and is a good place for a break before the climb to Bowfell.
A rough stony path now follows climbing steeply up towards the summit ridge. Look out for the Great Slab on the right, a huge tilted slab of rock overlooking Langdale. Continue up to the small rocky summit at 2959ft where there are excellent views in all directions.
Descend the rocky slope to Ore Gap. (If wanting a shorter walk a convenient descent can be made from here to Angle Tarn.) Continue up to Esk Pike 2903ft where there are more good views to be had and then down rocky slopes to Esk Hause. Turn right to the cross shelter and then right again down the stone pitched path leading to Angle Tarn, nestling under the cliffs of Hanging Knotts.
A short climb follows before the descent of Rosset Gill via the zig zag path of the old pony route. A long walk down the Mickleden valley leads back to the Old Dungeon Ghyll and Langdale.
Bowfell from Three Tarns.
The Scafell range from Bowfell.
Mickleden from Rossett Gill.