11th October 2008

Pike O'Blisco, Cold Pike and Wrynose Pass


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 14.30
Duration 5 hr
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent 3170 ft
Walking with On my own
Old Dungeon Ghyll - Wall End - Redacre Gill - Pike O'Blisco - Cold Pike - Red Tarn - Three Shire Stone - Wrynose Pass - Fell Foot - Blea Tarn - Wall End - Old Dungeon Ghyll
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Old Dungeon Gill, Great Langdale

The Langdale Pikes and the Crinkle Crags / Bow Fell ridge remain as popular as ever and this is reflected by the number of cars that cram into this car park, and just how quickly it fills up in the morning.


Route Map

Looking across the flooded fields near Wall End Farm to see a little sunshine on The Band.

Looking back to Oxendale (left), The Band (middle) and Mickelden (behind the tree).

Great Langdale seen as I walked from the road up the path to Pike O'Blisco.

The unmistakable Langdale Pike's skyline taken from the route up Pike O'Blisco.

Pike O'Blisco summit.

Well, that's just typical. I stand on top of Pike O'Blisco with a clear view of Cold Pike and as soon as I start to head in that direction the cloud starts to drop.

Red Tarn (not the Helvellyn one).


Great Knott and the busy highway to Crinkle Crags.

Cold Pike summit without a view; never mind.

Pike O'Blisco seen here from the Cold Pike side of Red Tarn.

Looking back up to Cold Pike, which is now free from cloud.

Looking down to the Cockley Beck side of Wrynose Pass. The fell in the distance is Harter Hell.

Somebody must be keen!

And an extended view of Wrynose Pass, which is actually much steeper than this picture makes it look.

The view down to Little Langdale and tarn of the same name.

Wrynose Bridge.

This is all very nice.
Warm sunshine (very nice for the middle of October), no wind (very nice considering it was blowing a gale higher up), no people (very nice because I knew it would be packed later on), and no traffic (very nice for somewhere that's usually quite busy).

Fell Foot Farm.

The classic Lakeland viewpoint looking across Blea Tarn to Side Pike and the Langdale Pikes.

And looking even more golden than the previous picture is Blea Tarn and Side Pike seen from the outflow of the tarn.

You must be joking. It huts my knees just watching this lot.

I always enjoy walking down this section of road, and with a view like this you can see why.

I have to admit I felt rather proud of myself when I walked over the bridge next to the Old Dungeon Ghyll and everyone started clapping, , , , then I realised they were clapping the runners and not me!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks