Bowfell and Esk Pike

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There is no better sight than travelling into Langdale. The valley is simply beautiful. The pointy rocky summits of the pikes dominate the skyline for miles. The tops are so prominent and recognisable that you can see them from miles away. Situated at the end of the Langdale valley is Bowfell. Its great height and bulk are only obvious on closer inspection, but the mountain is the true ‘king’ of the valley.

Our Lake District Guided Walk of Bowfell & Esk Pike begins by climbing up the legendary Band, the mountain’s long eastern arm. The gentle start allows you take in the views and savour this magnificent day. The legendary Three Tarns is a great spot to stop and capture the views before the final rocky push to the summit. From here we take the gentle descent to Ore Gap and rise to Esk Pike. The final leg of this glorious guided walk sees us past Angle Tarn and Rossett Gill before returning to the magnificent Langdale Valley floor.

Guided Walk Overview

  • Height: 902m / 2,959ft
  • Distance: 15km 9.32 Miles
  • Time: Moderate/Hard
  • Hours: 6
  • Grade: Hard

Equipment Needed

  • Walking Boots
  • Waterproof Jacket and trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Warm tops
  • Spare clothing
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
  • Packed lunch
  • Water bottle/Thermos Flask
  • Torch and whistle

A 15% discount is available on all equipment and clothing from the Adventure Peaks store. This is valid from the time of booking to one month before.

Adventure Peaks Classic Lake District Guided Walks are aimed at regular walkers with little previous experience who would like to explore the Lake District fells. The Lake District Guided Walks can range from easy, moderate and hard. They can be rigorous and demanding, filled with excitement, new experience, or rekindle old memories. Adventure Peaks Lake District Guided Walks can ultimately give you that sense of being in another world. A world that only the mountains, rivers and forests of the Lake District can give you.

Wainwrights Included

Bowfell, 902m – Esk Pike, 885m Rossett Pike, 651m

Total ascent/descent

1,000m/3,300ft

Where to Meet

8.00am @ Adventure Peaks, 101 Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0DB. You should have your rucksack packed ready to depart including a full packed lunch.

Alternatively, you can meet your guide at 9am at the National Park (pay and display) car park beside the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, at the head of Great Langdale. Grid Ref: NY 287 060.

The day will finish between 3.00-3.30pm

If you are not there within 20 minutes of the departure time (9am) the group will begin their walk.

Previous Experience

You should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking for 6-7 hours per day with around 1,000m (3,300ft) of ascent.

“A favourite of all fell walkers, Bowfell is a mountain that commands attention whenever it appears in view. And more than attention, respect and admiration, too; for it has that rare characteristic of displaying a graceful outline and a sturdy shapeliness on all sides”
“Bowfell’s top is a shattered pyramid, a great heap of stones and boulders and naked rock, a giant cairn in itself.”
Alfred Wainwright

Books & Maps

Ordnance Survey OL 5 covers The Southern area of the Lake District and OL7 covers the Northern area at a scale of 1:25,000. The BMC produce a Lake District map at a scale of 1:40,000, which are waterproof and tear resistant, specially designed for walkers and climbers.

Participation Statement

Adventure Peaks recognises that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

Photography: Greenburn publishing

Age limit

The Minimum Age for our walks is 8 years of age, but this depends on a child’s experience and ability. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult unless previously agreed with Adventure Peaks, and as we are AALA registered, written permission must be provided by a parent/guardian, for each participant under 18.

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