|Name of walk||Pike o' Blisco|
|Date of walk||2021-05-19|
The best of the weather was going to be early morning, so I left home just before 6am to drive to Great Langdale and walk up Pike o’ Blisco. A circular walk, going up from the steep road over to Blea Tarn and coming back via Browney Gill into Oxendale. Six miles. I should be home by lunch time!
Coniston Water at 6.30am.
A view down Great Langdale.
The Langdale Pikes, where Tom and I were in snow a couple of weeks back.
I arrived at the Old Dungeon Ghyll NT car park about 7am. There was only one other car in the main car park.
I have a view today! Pike o'Blisco on the left. Even at this time of day it was warm. No coat was needed for the whole of the walk.
View of my route up via the small copse.
I say hello to the goats again, they were foraging in the hedgerow.
I say goodbye to the goats and head over the cattle grid and up the steep road.
View back from where I leave the road.
The way ahead.
I cross the gill.
View back down from the pitched path.
The pitched path goes on forever! Side Pike on the right, where I was on Friday.
The way ahead.
View back to the Great Langdale valley.
Glaramara is the far hill.
I approach the rocky bit. There are three rock steps to scramble up which require the use of hands.
View back before I head for the south summit.
South summit with Windermere on the left.
Wetherlam and Swirl How with Wet Side Edge in front, then Great Carrs and Grey Friar. With the naked eye I could see cars on the Wrynose Pass.
I head for the main summit.
Once I have negotiated the dip.
View down to Red Tarn. Across is Cold Pike.
Looking back to the south summit cairn.
Main summit cairn and shelter before 9am.
Looking over to Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.
Great Langdale. In the distance is the Helvellyn range, St. Sunday Crag and Fairfield.
Great Knott and Crinkle Crags.
Pike o' Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle, where Tom and I were two weeks ago in snow.
I take a panorama. Left Click to enlarge, click again to return.
Another smaller one. Left Click to enlarge, click again to return.
View to Windermere.
I return to the dip and head down to Red tarn.
I head to the far end.
I sit on a rock for my first stop for coffee and a refuel, it is only twenty to ten.
View across Red Tarn to Bowfell.
At nearly 10am I begin my descent.
There is a good pitched path down beside Browney Gill.
Good view to Pike o' Stickle.
The cascades of Browney Gill.
Imposing Great Knott above.
The path gives great views if you are happy with precipitous edges. I head towards the right of Markeens.
Great Langdale now back in view.
The pitched path becomes very steep just after this point. Unfortunately the stones are not stepped, but sloped, so they will be a nightmare if wet, or in icy conditions. They are slippery enough when dry!
View over to the cascades of Hell Gill.
A closer view, a good alternative route to walking up The Band.
I reach the valley floor of Oxendale and cross over the bridge. View back.
The highway to Hell Gill.......isn't this a song?
The way ahead.
Stool End Farm.
I pass through the farm yard and look back up to The Band.
I cross the bridge back to the car park. Four hours and five minutes for the 5.6 mile walk.
Seriously? My car is the little red one..... Mr. "I own a new Landrover Discovery 'Tank' and therefore can park where, and how the hell I want to, with no consideration for anybody else!" has left me a measly 8 inches on my driver's side. Thankfully the car on the passenger side has left me enough space to be able to get in my car! I leave him a 'polite' note on his windscreen and ask him to consider that I might have been disabled, and unable to contort enough to access the driver's seat. It was awkward enough with my knee replacement, and lack of knee bend. I had to go in feet first, like I was auditioning for 'Dukes of Hazard'! Inconsiderate bastard!
I stop at Chapel Stile and visit Great Langdale Beck.
On a calm day you get some good reflections.
Loughrigg Fell behind.
Another good walk! (Apart from Tankman!)