Pike o'Blisco and Cold Pike
TWO Wainwright circular walk: Pike o'Blisco and Cold Pike
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Parking: Limited free spaces on the side of the road winding up from Great Langdale to Blea Tarn, or use paid parking at Old Dungeon Ghyll. Alternatively, take the 516 bus from Ambleside.
|On the summit of Pike o'Blisco
|The path climbs the fell
4. When the path reaches the stonier higher slopes, cairns mark the onward route to the summit above. Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes can be seen to your right.
|Looking back to Langdale from the south-eastern summit
6. The true summit stands just a little further, with the summit cairn sitting on a rocky outcrop (2313')
|On the summit of Pike o'Blisco (2313')
7. There are excellent views from here towards Crinkle Crags and back over the lower south-eastern peak towards the Coniston Fells. If needed, you can also make use of the wind shelter that has been built out of the stones beneath the summit.
|The Langdale Pikes from Pike o'Blisco
9. To continue towards Cold Pike, take the cairned path that drops from the south-west of the summit down to a junction of paths just to the north of Red Tarn.
|Great Knott to the right of the path up from Red Tarn
|Looking back to Pike o'Blisco from the same point
11. When you have passed the head of the steep valley taking a gill down the fellside in front of Great Knott, it's time to leave the main path. Head across the grass on your left, turning back on yourself slightly, towards the top of Cold Pike. There's only a sketchy path but you should be able to easily find your way across the grass on a fairly easy gradient, before ascending the rocky outcrops of the summit itself (2300').
|Looking through the clouds to the Coniston Fells
12. If you want to take a different route off Cold Pike, you can make your way around the crags to its south and east and then down the fellside towards Red Tarn.
|Heading down the fellside towards Red Tarn
13. Make your way to the junction of paths to the north of Red Tarn that you crossed earlier on your way down from Pike o'Blisco. This time, take the path that heads north down into the valley of Oxendale.
|Follow the farm road back to Dungeon Ghyll
|Looking back at Pike o'Blisco in spring sunshine