Walk : Pike of Blisco (2,3047ft) from Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

Date : 11th June 2015

Weather : Roasting hot @ 25 C

 

Distance : 5 miles round trip

Time Taken : 2 hours to summit

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

A day to leave the cares of the world behind and visit Lakeland on a beautifully sunny day. The route to Pike of Blisco from Old Dungeon Ghyll via Wall End

is a very popular route and thankfully the steep climb was assisted by a stone path

 

 

The walk starts from the NT Car Park at Old Dungeon Ghyll. At the time of writing it was 6 for all day

 

 

Sue thinks Im joking when I point out where it is we are going up

 

 

We set off down the path to Wall End farm. The big pyramid shielded by Kettle Crag in the centre of the shot being the days objective

 

 

Looking towards the head of the valley and the path to Stool End farm

 

 

The Langdale Pikes

 

 

You can just about make out the cairn on the summit of Pike O Blisco a fair bit of climbing ahead

 

 

Keep on the road past the farm

 

 

At the point of the sharp bend look out for the start of the track on your right that runs up Redacre Gill

 

 

The Redacre Gill path

 

 

Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and The Band from the path

 

 

The path is stoned to assist the steep climb

 

 

Looking east towards Side Pike on Lingmoor

 

 

The staircase becomes more pronounced as height is gained at which point it crosses the Gill

 

 

Looking back to the full extent of the Langdale Pikes and Pavey Arc

 

 

It was tough climbing in the heat, Sue takes a pause here and a water break

 

 

This little fellow joined us during the break

 

 

OMG !!!

 

 

Nearing the top of Redacre Gill and the final steep push to slightly easier ground

 

 

The cairned path runs through a series of rock bands

 

 

Eventually the summit cairn appears on a big rock plateau

 

 

Me on the summit

 

 

Sue on the summit

 

 

Bowfell from the summit cairn

 

 

We stayed on top for a good hour or so to just escape and enjoy the views. We were joined by this fella who just wanted to catch some rays

 

 

What views . Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell. Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Pike O Blisco http://youtu.be/A6kYMrDWYns

 

 

Looking across the Wrynose Pass towards Swirl How and Great Carrs

 

 

On the way back down and the early evening sun casts it shadows

 

 

Back down for the post walk debrief at The Lily in Ambleside and raise a toast to the memory of Sues Dad

 

Peter Thomas Chisnall ~ 7th December 1941 to 8th June 2015

 

Rest in Peace

 

 

 

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