Blea Tarn & Side Pike

Name of walk Blea Tarn & Side Pike
Date of walk 2019-10-30

This morning I got up early to drive to Blea Tarn car park via Little Langdale. I usually go via Great Langdale, as Little Langdale is dreadful to drive through as it is single track and I always end up having to reverse several times. Thankfully I was early enough to have no such problems today. The weather was glorious! The sun was just lighting up the tarn and the ground was frozen.

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There was frost on the grass as I walked to Blea Tarn.

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A three photo panorama of the view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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A three photo panorama of the view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Pike o'Stickle, Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle seen in the middle. Excellent reflections.

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Side Pike on the right, where I was heading to.

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A two photo panorama of the view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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A three photo panorama of the view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Beautiful autumn colours. A two photo panorama of the view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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In the space of 15 minutes cloud had come over. I continued my walk around the tarn.

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I cross over the road and head up towards Side Pike (it is sign posted). View back.

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View over into Great Langdale. Mickleden on the right of The Band and Oxendale on the left. Bowfell to the right of the top of The Band.

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Pike o'Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark. (The Langdale Pikes) from the route up to Side Pike.

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A three photo panorama of the view from the summit of Side Pike. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. Lingmoor on the left, Wetherlam in the middle and Blake Rigg on the right. Blea Tarn central.

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A three photo panorama of the view from the summit of Side Pike. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. Showing the Great Langdale valley.

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Far end of the Great Langdale valley.

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I descend and come around the side of Side Pike.

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A pity there is no sun to show off the colours.

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This narrow track is precipitous.

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It leads to 'The Squeeze' aka 'Fat Man's Dilemma'....a narrow rock passage where ruck sacks need to be removed, and larger gentlemen bring out the Vaseline!

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The view once I'm through. I left my little ruck sack there for scale.

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I now head down to the road.

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Blea Tarn House is referenced in Wordsworth's 'The Solitary'. Side Pike, and my route down, on the right.

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She's laughing as me! I walk back to the car park.

An excellent little walk of only 2.6 miles, which I did in just under two hours. I drove back via Great Langdale! I was home by Noon.

Jo.

 

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