Pike O’Blisco, Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags

Name of walk Pike O'Blisco, Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags
Date of walk 2010-07-06
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 30 minutes
Weather Good visibility but overcast
Peaks on walk Pike O` Blisco, Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags
Walked with Brendan
Parking Old Dungeon Ghyll Car Park

Yesterday Brendan and I drove to Great Langdale to climb Pike o`Blisco (2312ft), Cold Pike (2299ft) and Crinkle Crags (2816ft). A walk of nine miles.

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We parked at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel leaving just as a helicopter was taking off in the next field.

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Pike o`Blisco ahead. We walked up hill towards the trees on the left to where the track up started.

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Crinkle Crags still in bits of mist and our route down The Band at the end of the walk.

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The track up is on the left. A couple of people already on it but we passed them quite soon.

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Looking up Mickledon to Rossett Gill. Pike o`Stickle on the right. The Band on the left.

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Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark on the left.

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Lingmoor and Side Pike.

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After the easy pitched path there were a few short rock scrambles to negotiate. Pike o`Blisco summit cairn.

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Looking along the Crinkles to Bowfell.

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Red Tarn below. Cold Pike, our next destination, on the right, Grey Friar on the left.

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View of the Crinkles and Bowfell from Cold Pike summit cairn. There were a lot of people about on the path today. We made a detour to Great Knott on the right to see the view.

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Looking down a gully.

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View down Great Langdale from the first Crinkle.

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Scafell and Scafell Pike from the first Crinkle.

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Looking to the second Crinkle. The Bad Step is on the right, but we took the scree path on the left.

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Looking down Crinkle Gill.

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View back to the first Crinkle from the route up the second.

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Summit cairn with Bowfell behind.

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Bowfell

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Looking back to the 2nd Crinkle from the 3rd.....(There are 5)

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This section is a bit rocky! Brendan gives the rocks some perspective.

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Pike o`Blisco on the right, Windermere beyond.

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We had lunch by a tarn at Shelter Crags out of the wind, which had got up considerably in the last hour. Then made our way towards Three Tarns. View to Bowfell.

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Looking across one of the tarns to Scafell and Scafell PIke......(Even the tarn has a summit cairn!)

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We headed down The Band.

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The route down is always longer than I remember and seems to go on forever. It was still windy and had now started to rain, so on went the waterproofs. The rain had made the rocks very greasy. Eventually Stool End Farm comes into view..

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Looking back up to Cold Pike, Great Knott and Crinkle Crags through the rain.

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Approaching the farm.

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Ah! Tarmac! After over six hours of rock it was blissful! Looking back up The Band.

We retired to the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel bar for a coffee and a beer. The walk had taken about six and a half hours.
Jo.
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