Over Pike of Blisco.

Start. Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Route. Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel - Redacre Gill - Wrynose Fell - Pike of Blisco - Red Tarn - Brown Howe - Oxendale - Stool End Farm - Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.

Notes. I'm back! bet you're wondering where I’ve been? For the past six months I've been juggling walking and work around a major renovation project. My darling daughter and her long haired boyfriend purchased a house, a fixer-upper, god knows how they got a mortgage for it but they did, I found myself seconded to help. After our return from Devon I decided to put all my efforts into finishing my part of the project, now almost complete I guess I've earned the right to spend some time in the hills. With five weekends spent indoors, chipping, plastering and dry lining, amongst lots of joinery work I guess I was the only person in the north-west of England glad we were having a lousy summer. This morning the sun was shining, I found myself driving through early morning mist destination Great Langdale, an ascent of Pike o' Blisco in mind, or shall, as old Wainwright put it, call it by it's posher Sunday name Pike of Blisco.

After parking in the National Trust car park opposite the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel I headed up the valley road, with tarmac under foot and the tumbling waters of Redacre Gill for company I begun the steep climb out of the valley, at the point where the gill meets the road a rather wide path marked my route up the fell, easy at first then steeper, a pitched path carried me upwards. Five weeks off the hills had certainly took it's toll, by the time I reached Wrynose Fell the lungs and legs were begging forgiveness.

On easier ground I continued my ascent, three easy scrambles followed before the path swung west to reach the twin summits of Pike of Blisco, after a brief but interesting wander around I descended to Red Tarn before turning sharp right (north) to start the steep descent into Oxendale. Under the scree and cliffs of Black Wars I wandered, a short sharp descend then ascent followed as I forded Redtarn Gill, my route traversed high above the deep ravine cut by Browney Gill before guiding me to Brown Howe with it's stunning views over Great Langdale. From Brown Howe it was a short steep descent to the valley floor followed by a crossing of the boulder strewn Oxendale Beck, a smart new footbridge aided my crossing. The path continued to Stool End Farm. Guided by the tarmac farm lane I strolled through meadows alive with summer flora before finding myself ejected onto the valley road near to my starting point.

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Stepping out into the Great Langdale mist.

The Blea Rigg skyline with cloud dancing across the cliffs of Raven Crag, Whitegill and Scout Crags.

Rossett Pike rises above the white-washed buildings of Wall End.

Ascending Redacre Gill with stunning views to the Langdale Pikes for company.

On the slopes of Wrynose Fell looking to Side Pike and the shadowed Little Langdale face of Lingmoor Fell, across the skyline the Helvellyn massif.

Cloud rises from Oxendale cloaking the Crinkle Crags and mighty Bow Fell.

Lingmoor Fell as seen over the head of Little Langdale.

Heading for the summit of Pike of Blisco looking to a cloud capped Bow Fell.

Wonderful vistors over cloud filled valleys.

Stunning conditions on the slopes of Pike of Blisco, seen over the head of Little Langdale, Side Pike leading to Lingmoor Fell. across the skyline, partially hidden by cloud Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick and Ill Bell.

Hidden under a blanket of cloud Windermere Lake and South Lakeland.

The unmistakable Langdale Pikes as seen from near the summit of Pike of Blisco.

Stunning views across the summit of Pike of Blisco.

In need of repair the summit cairn.

Seen from the summit cloud waltzing across the serrated skyline of the Crinkle Crags.

Laying under a blanket of cloud Wetherlam, with Wet Side Edge rising from the Wrynose Pass.

Descending to Red Tarn with a glimpse of Eskdale over Cold Pike.

Stretching to the north let the jagged skyline of the Crinkle Crags carry your eye to a cloud capped Bow Fell.

Viewing Wetherlam over Red Tarn.

Descending a re-assuring path, viewing The Band with the shadowed summit of Glaramara gracing the skyline.

Passed by most walkers en route to greater heights, the summit of Brown Howe gifted me with wonderful views down Great Langdale.

Views up Browney Gill, my descent path clearly visible cutting under the Black Wars cliffs.

Striding through Oxendale looking to Kettle Crag with the thumb like Side Pike to the left.

A wonderful end to this short but hard walk, Crinkle Crags and The Band seen over pastures alive with summer flowers.

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