Bowscale Tarn, near Mungrisdale

Thanks to Lee Benson for another contribution to our website blog.  This walk is to the beautiful Bowscale Tarn, near Mungrisdale.  Turn off the A66 between Troutbeck and Scales (bottom of Blencathra).  The sign will say Mungrisdale and Caldbeck.

Start at a small car park on the side of the road, past Mungrisdale at the little hamlet of Bowscale at grid reference 358317 on OS map OL5.  Start walking west on the clearly marked and well trodden footpath.  There’s a steady uphill climb to the beautiful little Bowscale Tarn.

It’s very hard to get lost on this walk, as it’s one footpath all the way to the tarn.  So if you’re concerned at all about navigation, this is the walk for you!

It’s about 1.75 miles all gradually uphill, but not too steep, so it’s manageable for little legs.  We did it with a three and a half year old and six year old.  Total mileage there and back approx 3.5 miles.

You’ll cross streams on stepping stones and find stones to throw in the tarn.  We even made snowballs (April).  It’s a lovely little walk, and took us about two hours.  In winter, if cold enough the stream coming off the tarn freezes icicles all along its bank and looks absolutely stunning.

We stopped off at the Mill Inn pub in Mungrisdale.  The staff there were incredibly friendly and welcoming.  We had some delicious food in a relaxed environment.  Good pub grub, excellent value.  Would definitely recommend it.

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