We walk alongside Brotherswater and on to Hartsop Hall. From here a rising path up into Dovedale then a steep pull to just below the summit of Dove Crag. At this point we’ll deviate from the main path to find the popular overnight bivvy spot, the Priests Hole. We won’t be overnighting on this occasion but will continue on to the summit of Dove Crag then head over Little Hart Crag and descend from High Hartsop Dodd back to Brotherswater.
Friday 7th February 2020
Church of Scotland Hall 7.45pm
Blood Bikes in Cumbria
Today Iam making a guest appearance to lead the walk as you are probably aware Sue is unable to do it. I do not know what Sue had in mind other than it was somewhere around Bannerdale so this is the offering.
We will park at the telephone box at Mungrisedale. I have previously headed straight up the steep end of Bowscale Fell via Raven Crag but I thought today we could approach it in a more civilised manner. Taking the road for about a mile we head for the little hamlet of Bowscale and get onto the old horse track which takes us all the way up to Bowscale Tarn. A nice, none to steep route. We then head up to Bowscale Fell summit at 702m via Tarn Crags. I would then like, if the group are happy to just pop down to the summit cairn of The Tongue. This is a minor deviation before going up to the top of Bannerdale Crags. My reason for this is, I have never been to this Cairn and thought it was about time I did, I hope we are of like minds.
I think most will have at sometime done the great crag side path that takes us onto Bannerdale Crags but always worth the repeat. The summit stands at 683m. By now we will have had lunch at some suitable spot and I thought we could head down by the slightly more adventurous route (not dangerous or scrambling) above the crags just to the North of White Horse Bent. This will take us to the main path along Glenderamackin Beck and North back to the cars. After walk refreshments can be taken in Mungrisedale, or if not to late maybe Cocklakes just down the road.
A reasonable walk at just over 8 miles, good paths, varied terrain with no scrambling and a not so often visit to Bowscale Tarn.