Bowfell and Esk Pike Circular is a 9.5 mile loop trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length9.5 miElevation gain3,461 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeViewsWildlifeRocky
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The route via 'The Band' from Great Langdale requires no introduction as it is the most popular and well-known to the summit of Bowfell. Other 'tops' visited were Esk Pike, Allen Crags and Rossett Pike. There can be a number of deep drifts approaching the hause at 'Three Tarns' which can make your progress slow. From the hause the going is steep but should be not too difficult in the conditions. At the summit of Bowfell the views over to Scafell Pike were spectacular in the clear air and bright sunshine. It is easy going from Bowfell to Ore Gap and on the ascent to Esk Pike with equally stunning views. Take note, there can be lots of people around the Esk Hause area ascending from Seathwaite via Grains Gill en-route to Scafell Pike. The views from Allen Crags were again of the highest order over Great End to Great Gable and around. It was deep snow on the descent to Angle Tarn and on to Rossett Pike. From here it is a little tricky to follow a faint trod as it crosses Littlegill Head and Black Crag with a fell side littered with rocks. It emerges to meet the Stake Pass route. It is always further than you think along the valley of Mickleden back to the Old Dungeon Ghyll.

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Ayden R
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We really enjoyed this route. It’s very well paved and rocky the whole way round, with some mild scrambling involved in places. All in all it is quite challenging and took us around 6 hours in wet and snowy conditions. We parked just under a mile up the road at the National Trust, which was great with lots of space and clean toilets.

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Ellie K
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Really liked this trail. It’s good because the trail is mostly rocky so there aren’t too many boggy areas to walk through. We used the national trust car park (which added about 1.5 miles in total to the trail) but there are a lot of spaces and clean toilets there.

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Royston Lowe
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Kayleigh smith
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Caz M
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Right side cut out diversion before or after tarn and go straight down or to end of valley and then up avoid Robinson pike? Freelance towards Mountainbike trail down stream

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Lee Mason
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Today’s trail, was the most challenging of our days so far. Definitely not for the faint hearted. We added to the route, and decided to scale Scarfell Pike. While the weather was dry, the cloud cover came in at about 1 PM. A hard day, a challenging day but an incredibly rewarding one

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Karl Callaghan
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This is a trail I will have to revisit as the weather was very poor and visibility was extremely low. Definitely a trail I will come back to, some very steep ascents, maybe one for the summer or even a clear day.

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Ali Eltatawy
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Was here in 2012. Still one of my favorites hikes of all time

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Steven Allonby
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Rebecca Webster
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Dawid Szlufik
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Vicky Grice
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Emily Thomas
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Dan Nugent
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Ashley Williamson
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