Pike o’ Blisco

Height: 705 metres / 2313 feet Grid reference: NY 27118 04212 Category: The Southern Fells

Pike o’ Blisco has two prominent summit cairns in close proximity.

The summit of Pike o' Blisco

The summit of Pike o’ Blisco

Pike o' Blisco from Side Pike

Pike o’ Blisco from Side Pike

Mist over Crinkle Crags with Bowfell beyond the main summit cairn

Mist over Crinkle Crags with Bowfell beyond the main summit cairn

The Langdale Pikes across Mickleden.

The Langdale Pikes across Mickleden.

Pike o’ Blisco

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Rough Crags – Cold Pike – Red Tarn Pike O’ BliscoBlack Crag Three Shire Stone

Distance: 3.5 miles     Total Ascent: 500 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 09:25

Weather: Warm and sunny. 19°C

Today was a perfect summer’s day, just the right temperature with a bit of a cooling breeze and not too much haze once up on high. I really enjoyed the walk today in such great conditions and the views were fabulous. I did set off with the intention of going to Wasdale but on the way thought…

Pike o’ Blisco

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Red TarnPike O’ BliscoBlack Crag Three Shire Stone

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 320 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny and clear. 4oC.

It was another short walk for me, Louise Angus and Casper today, up to Pike o’ Blisco via the beautiful Red Tarn. It was stunning up there today; very quiet with no-one around and lovely views across a frozen Red Tarn. It is good to see that we have had at least a few good days in the run up to Christmas and long may it continue.

Bowfell

Start point: The Old Dungeon Ghyll car park (NY 286 062)

Old Dungeon Ghyll – Pike O’ Blisco – Red TarnCold PikeCrinkle CragsShelter Crags – Three Tarns – Bowfell – Climbers Traverse – Hell Gill – Oxendale – Old Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 9 miles     Total Ascent: 1260 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Sunny. 18oC.

Regular viewers may remember the last time I set off on this route in January when I nearly got blown off Pike o’ Blisco in a blizzard and decided to cut short the route. Some may also remember that back in May I managed to drop my camera and ruin a lens. Since then I have been using the cheapo kit lens that I had but I finally got around to getting a new one which I used for the first time today – hopefully the photos will be back to their previous clarity and sharpness. The walk today was memorable for a couple of reasons; the first was that I managed a quick dip – the first on a walk this year. The second was when I got chatting with the shepherd at Stool End Farm who had a Beardie as a working companion and it was interesting to compare her with Casper.

Pike o’ Blisco

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Red Tarn – Pike O’ Blisco – Black Crag – Three Shire Stone

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 320 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Sunny and clear. 4°C.

As we sat at home in the dense fog at home, I knew it had to better than that higher up – come on Connie, get your glad rags on, we are in search of sunshine and blue skies! It didn’t take long to find it, the fells were brilliantly clear today with a temperature inversion to the south and the golden glow of a great sunset on our descent. A good choice to get out today I think!

 

Pike O’ Blisco

Start point: The Old Dungeon Ghyll car park (NY 286 062)

Old Dungeon Ghyll – Pike O’ Blisco – Red Tarn – Browney Gill – Oxendale – Old Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 4.5 miles     Total Ascent: 600 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Changeable, significant wind chill. 5°C

It was a complete change in the weather today. In Great Langdale it was dull but higher up the wind and snow came with a vengeance. The original route I intended was over Crinkle Crags but this was curtailed somewhat due to the ferocious wind, discretion being the better part of valour!

Cold Pike

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Rough Crags – Cold Pike – Red TarnPike O’ BliscoBlack Crag Three Shire Stone

Distance: 3.5 miles     Total Ascent: 500 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Sunny and warm becoming overcast. 23oC.

Nice to see it was still warm today and the blue skies have returned – at least for a short while as it became increasingly overcast towards the end of the walk. It’s a lovely shorter walk this one with some relatively easy height gain, starting from the top of Wrynose Pass.

Cold Pike

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Rough Crags – Cold Pike Great KnottRed TarnPike O’ BliscoBlack Crag Three Shire Stone

Distance: 4 miles     Total Ascent: 600 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Cold and clear. 2oC.

After the poor weather recently, it was nice to get a clear day and blue skies again for a walk up to Cold Pike and Pike o’ Blisco, starting from the Three Shire Stone. The wind on the summit of Cold Pike was incredibly biting, but once out of the wind and back into the sunshine it soon warmed up nicely – a lovely day for a great walk.

Pike o’ Blisco

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Rough Crags – Cold Pike Great Knott Red Tarn Pike O’ BliscoBlack Crag Three Shire Stone

Distance: 4 miles     Total Ascent: 600 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Sunny intervals but a lot cooler. 12°C.

The weather felt distinctly colder today on this walk from the top of the Wrynose Pass to Cold Pike and Pike o’ Blisco. Today was the day John Patterson completed his round of the Wainwrights, his 214th fell being the Pike o’ Blisco, and I met up with him and a group of friends en route to help him achieve a 40 year goal and to celebrate with champagne (of course!).

 

Cold Pike

Start point: Three Shire Stone (NY 277 027)

Three Shire Stone – Rough Crags – Cold Pike – Red TarnPike O’ BliscoBlack Crag Three Shire Stone

Distance: 3.5 miles     Total Ascent: 500 metres     Time Taken: 1 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Cool, slightly hazy, 6oC.

Today’s walk is a relatively easy ascent of Cold Pike and Pike O’ Blisco from the Three Shire Stone at the top of Wrynose Pass between Coniston and Langdale. Unfortunately, the sunshine and clarity of yesterday are gone again today but there were still great views over to the Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell and across Wrynose to the Coniston fells; the snow is still lingering on the higher tops.

Pike O’ Blisco

Start point: Blea Tarn car park (NY 296 043)

Blea Tarn – Blea Moss –  Blake Rigg (Little Langdale) (252)Long Crag on Wrynose Fell (253)Pike O’ BliscoBlack CragWrynose Bridge – Blea Moss Blea Tarn

Weather: Dull and overcast with rain and strong winds towards the end.

Today’s walk is a round of Wrynose Fell, the upland mass to the north of the Wrynose Pass road, the high point being Pike O’ Blisco. I used a rocky gully for a pathless, steep ascent to Blake Rigg with an interesting detour to Black Crag on the descent from Pike O’ Blisco.

Crinkle Crags

Start point: The Old Dungeon Ghyll car park (NY 286 062)

Old Dungeon Ghyll – Pike O’ Blisco (61) – Red Tarn – Cold Pike (62) – Great Knott (63) – Crinkle Crags (64 – 68) – Shelter Crags (69) – 3 Tarns – Bowfell (70) – Climbers Traverse – White Stones on The Band (71) – The Band – Old Dungeon Ghyll

Weather: Sunny with scattered showers.

Today’s round is a high ridge round with great views of the Langdale Pikes and the Scafell range. Today started off sunny, but the clouds on the tops looked ominous.