Pike o’ Blisco

Although relatively ‘compact’, this outing provided the full flavour of everything that longer and higher Lakeland excursions have to offer, along with unbeatable vistas of the Great and Little Langdale fells. The sharply contrasting mixture of April sunshine and showers also added considerably to the drama of the occasion.
The ascent was from the path between Blea Tarn and Castle How, slanting upwards off it to Hollin Crag, Miller Stands and then Blake Rigg. This approach gives very fine views of the grand horseshoe of fells at the head of Little Langdale, from Wet Side Edge to Wetherlam. The views from then onwards also began to open out towards the north and northwest, thereby bringing into sight the magnificent spectacle of the ‘floor to ceiling’ ‘frontage’ of the Langdale Pikes, the tops of Bowfell and Crinkle Crags and the summit area of Pike o’ Blisco itself. Descent was due east, skirting along and eventually descending by the flanks of Blake Rigg to the tree-line above Blea Tarn, and thence back to ‘base’ once again.
Having not done it for some time, I had forgotten just how good this walk is, and am therefore resolved not to make the mistake of waiting so long before undertaking it again!
(Highest point (Pike o’ Blisco): 2313 ft./705 m. Distance: 3.86miles/ 6.22 km. Ascent: 1966 ft./ 599 m.)

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