Cold Pike and Pike O’Blisco

Day 2 dawned and again the weather was dry. Not quite as sunny as it was the day before, however with the cloud off the tops you have to make the most of it in the Lake District. The plan was to grab two southern fells just off the Wrynose Pass, now I’m sure there are plenty who would prefer to ascend from Great Langdale and attain the full height of the fell, but I wasn’t bothered about starting half way up in altitude. This walk required a reasonably early start, as the car parking at the top of the Wrynose is limited, but getting there by 9.45am was enough to bag me the last spot. The walk is a very simple one on the map, out on one path to one of the fells, across the path to the other fell, passing Red Tarn and then back along the other path to the start point. The tricky part on the ground is the path to Cold Pike, which is either not there, or hidden within the grassy slopes of Wrynose Breast. In the end we had joined the path up to Pike O’Blisco first so we headed that way to start, before passing Red Tarn and then joining the wide path to the Crinkle Crags, we branched off left at a decent height to easily summit Cold Pike, before finding a rough grassy path leaving the fell towards the car. This path then turned surprisingly left and crossed a mossy section, before reaching our original outward path!! None the wiser we shrugged and walked back to the car, happy with our days work.

Start – Top of the Wrynose Pass
Route – Long Scar – Pike O’Blisco – Red Tarn – Cold Pike – Wrynose Pass
Distance – 3.5 miles    Start time – 10am    Time taken – 3hrs 30mins   Highest Point – Pike O’Blisco 705metres
Weather – Cloudy, but still warm.

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Top of Wrynose and looking back down the Little Langdale side of the pass.

Our objectives, Cold Pike left and Pike O’Blisco right. Our path is the one snaking up from the bottom right of picture.

Looking down to Wrynose Bottom, with Harter Fell prominent at the far end

We’ve branched off the path that heads alongside Red Tarn, heading up towards Pike O’Blisco, however the views along The Crinkles dominate the eye. Bowfell at the end was hanging on to the cloud, just.

Great views for the boys and myself

Looking back to the Coniston Fells which look dark. They were like this for most of the day, but no rain came. Wet Side Edge slants from left to right across the picture on its way to Great Carrs.

Good spot for some food. The shelter at the top of Pike O’Blisco and one of the best views from any top in The Lakes. The Crinkles look superb from here, backed by Bowfell

Great Langdale is below, with The Langdale Pikes opposite

That’s Windermere over to the left. With Wetherlam just in picture on the right

The boys, Pike O’Blisco summit

Lovely. We lingered quite a while on the summit, looking at all the views before descending  in the direction of Red Tarn.

Back down at Red Tarn looking to the Coniston Range

As we headed up the path towards the Crinkles the views down into Browney Gill opened up. Backed by the Langdale Pikes of course

Cold Pike summit, not quite as good as Pike O’Blisco but the views of the Langdales and the Crinkles are still there. The Helvellyn range is also in view at the back to the right of Harrison Stickle

Cold Pike summit to Pike O’Blisco

The motorway path to the Crinkles

Wetherlam in view as we descend along a grassy path which by the time we reached the tarn down there turned left a bit and headed out across a mossy area below Red Tarn

Harter Fell and Wrynose Bottom

Red Tarn and Pike O’Blisco. We are heading down to that area below Red Tarn following a grassy path

Not an area I’d cross in the winter, but its been reasonably dry for the last couple of months up in The Lakes so we took a chance and it was fine. Great views beyond Red Tarn.

The car on the left shows we are nearing the Wrynose Pass again and we have a fine view along the valley from here as Wrynose Breast on the right and the lower slopes of Wet Side Edge, left, frame the view to Harter Fell.

Back at the car and the view of our conquest. Cold Pike on the left and Pike O’Blisco to the right. A lovely easy walk, which you could scoot round in a couple of hours easily, or take your time as we did and enjoy some of the best views in Lakeland.


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