Pike o’ Blisco

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!

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Coniston Water at 6.30am.

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A view down Great Langdale.

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The Langdale Pikes, where Tom and I were in snow a couple of weeks back.

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I arrived at the Old Dungeon Ghyll NT car park about 7am. There was only one other car in the main car park.

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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.

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View of my route up via the small copse.

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Lambs!

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I say hello to the goats again, they were foraging in the hedgerow.

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Tiny goat!

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I say goodbye to the goats and head over the cattle grid and up the steep road.

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View back from where I leave the road.

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The way ahead.

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I cross the gill.

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View back down from the pitched path.

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Langdale Pikes.

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The pitched path goes on forever! Side Pike on the right, where I was on Friday.

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The way ahead.

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View back to the Great Langdale valley.

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Glaramara is the far hill.

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I approach the rocky bit. There are three rock steps to scramble up which require the use of hands.

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Easy enough.

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......and again.....

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View back before I head for the south summit.

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South summit with Windermere on the left.

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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.

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I head for the main summit.

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Once I have negotiated the dip.

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View down to Red Tarn. Across is Cold Pike.

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Looking back to the south summit cairn.

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Main summit cairn and shelter before 9am.

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Looking over to Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

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Great Langdale. In the distance is the Helvellyn range, St. Sunday Crag and Fairfield.

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Great Knott and Crinkle Crags.

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Summit selfie.

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Pike o' Stickle, Loft Crag, Harrison Stickle, where Tom and I were two weeks ago in snow.

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I take a panorama. Left Click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Another smaller one. Left Click to enlarge, click again to return.

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View to Windermere.

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I return to the dip and head down to Red tarn.

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I head to the far end.

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I sit on a rock for my first stop for coffee and a refuel, it is only twenty to ten.

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View across Red Tarn to Bowfell.

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At nearly 10am I begin my descent.

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There is a good pitched path down beside Browney Gill.

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Good view to Pike o' Stickle.

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The cascades of Browney Gill.

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Imposing Great Knott above.

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The path gives great views if you are happy with precipitous edges. I head towards the right of Markeens.

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Great Langdale now back in view.

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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!

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View over to the cascades of Hell Gill.

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A closer view, a good alternative route to walking up The Band.

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I reach the valley floor of Oxendale and cross over the bridge. View back.

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The highway to Hell Gill.......isn't this a song?

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The way ahead.

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Stool End Farm.

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I pass through the farm yard and look back up to The Band.

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View back.

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I cross the bridge back to the car park. Four hours and five minutes for the 5.6 mile walk.

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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!

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I stop at Chapel Stile and visit Great Langdale Beck.

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On a calm day you get some good reflections.

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The Weir.

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Loughrigg Fell behind.

Another good walk! (Apart from Tankman!)

Jo

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