Friday, 20 July 2012

Pike O'Blisco

The last of my Lake District walks from last year.

Pike O'Blisco

Walked straight out of the National Trust's Great Langdale campsite, initially follow the lane past Wall End Farm before taking the path that initially follows and then crosses Redacre Gill. As this path climbs you have a really good pitched path that is easy to climb and follow.

Crinkle Crags from by Wall End farm. The Band on the right and the edge of Pike O'Blisco on the left
View back from the start of the Redacre Gill path
View back to Great Langdale and Side Pike
View Across to the Langdale Pikes

View ahead to the summit

As the above photo shows the pitched path does end after a while but the walking is still fairly easy underfoot in the main.

View to Bowfell
Bowfell close up

Another view of the Langdale Pikes from higher up Pike O'Blisco

Keep heading towards the summit and there is only one scrambly bit which, if you aren't good at that hand on rock malarky, can be manfully avoided by skirting around to the left. The advantage of this is that you then get this nice viewpoint towards Windermere:

Windermere viewpoint

Once at the summit enjoy the views (which, for some reason, I neglected to take a photo from!! D'oh!!!) as they are fantastic. Crinkles, Bowfell, Langdale Pikes all look majestic. Once it is time to descend take the path down to the Northern side of Red Tarn.

Last year this path wasn't brilliant underfoot. However, there were also plenty of rock bags in evidence so I presume Fix the Fells were around and this path may well now be in a better state.

Red Tarn looking southwest

From Red Tarn follow the path past Browney Gill and Brown Howe back to Oxendale. The just take the path past the bottom of the Band and Stool End Farm back to the campsite and the Old Dungeon Ghyll.

Scree over the path back to Oxendale
Crinkle Crags seen on the descent 

View down to Oxendale and Great Langdale

Crinkle Crags above a relatively dry Oxendale Beck

All in all a lovely walk I'd like to repeat, possible extending it over the Crinkle Crags themselves and maybe even Bowfell on a good day.


  1. Superb sky - blue with striking white clouds. Great blog. My visit to Pike O'Blisco (followed by Crinkle Crags) was really misty and wet. I am defintely going back to see the views I missed!

  2. Cheers. Easily the best day of that week weather-wise. Do go back if you get the chance because the views are wonderful.