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Bowfell & Rosset Pike via the Climber's Traverse
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Photo from the walk - Bowfell & Rosset Pike via the Climber's Traverse

Nat Park - Lake District - Southern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - John Paterson

Length - 7.5 miles / 12.2 km

Ascent - 3300 feet / 1000 metres

Grade - hard

A different approach to a popular mountain. Bowfell is a classic Lake District walk. This route takes a less obvious and perhaps more interesting way to the summit via the climber's traverse. The return to Great langdale is past Rossett Pike which is often ignored by most walkers. The route does offer some relief to the crowds that flog up Bowfell on the main path.  

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Walks from the same start

Walk 1132
The Crinkle Crags from Great Langdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1157
Bowfell and Esk Pike from Old Dungeon Ghyll
Grade - hard
Length - 8.8 miles / 14.2 km
Walk 2818
Bowfell Circular from Great Langdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 7.0 miles / 11.4 km
Walk 1739
Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (Oxendale Horseshoe)
Grade - hard
Length - 7.8 miles / 12.7 km

Other walks nearby

Walk 1207
0.7 miles / 1.1 km away
Great & Little Langdales
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km
Walk 2042
0.7 miles / 1.1 km away
The Langdale Pikes with an ascent of Jack's Rake
Grade - very hard
Length - 6.3 miles / 10.2 km
Walk 2073
0.7 miles / 1.1 km away
Harrison Stickle, Pike o'Stickle & Rosset Pike
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.3 miles / 13.4 km
Walk 1736
0.7 miles / 1.1 km away
The Langdale Pikes and High Raise
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 6.1 miles / 9.9 km
Walk 1144
1.3 miles / 2.1 km away
Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn, Langdale
Grade - moderate
Length - 8.0 miles / 13 km
Walk 1171
1.3 miles / 2.1 km away
Pike o' Blisco from Blea Tarn, Langdale
Grade - moderate
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 2582
1.3 miles / 2.1 km away
Pike o' Stickle, Harrison Stickle & Pavey Ark
Grade - moderate
Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km
Walk 3508
2.1 miles / 3.4 km away
The Crinkle Crags from Wrynose Pass
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km
Walk 1134
2.5 miles / 4.0 km away
Wetherlam and The Carrs from Little Langdale
Grade - mod/hard
Length - 10.8 miles / 17.5 km
Walk 2270
2.5 miles / 4.0 km away
Tilberthwaite and Holme Fell from Little Langdale
Grade - easy/mod
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km

Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

Recommended Reading

Short Walks in Lakeland Book 3: West Lakeland

Short Walks in Lakeland Book 3: West LakelandThis guidebook contains 50 short half to full-day walks in the western Lake District. Walking areas include Duddon Valley and the Coast, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale, Lorton Vale, Buttermere and the north-west lakes. Part of a three-volume series focusing on low-level walks (with the occasional peak) between 4 and 8 miles, graded for difficulty.
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