Pike o’ Blisco

I was attracted back to this fell again by having enjoyed my previous outing on nearby Crinkle Crags so much. I was also curious about doing a complete traverse from one side of it to the other, something I hadn’t attempted before.
Having parked up at the Old Dungoen Ghyll hotel, and walked in via Stool End Farm, the main line of ascent was from ‘deepest’ Oxendale to Red Tarn, via Browney Gill. The paving here is now much better than I recall it being when I last went this way a few years ago, making the going much firmer under foot. Great views were had back to the Langdale Pikes and along the length of Landgale from Markeens (the small clump of hillocks at the entrance to the upper part of Browney Gill).
Having reached Red Tarn, I sat beside it and had some ‘tiffin’, and then completed the last part of the ascent up to the twin north-south summits. Here were even better views to the north and east of the Langdale Pikes and the valley’s long, curving stretch, as well as of Side Pike and Lingmoor Fell, while to the west Crinkle Crags and Bowfell were arrayed in all their splendour. Only south, towards the Wetherlam and Swirl How massifs, were views somewhat disappointing, due to the sun.
Descent was to the east, across the ‘plateau’ and then down Redacre Gill, where much fine paving was in evidence once again. Finally, on emerging onto the Little Langdale road, we went up it a little so as to descend back down to the Dungeon Ghyll via the ‘yellow brick road’ (the disabled access path) and through the Langdale campsite.
Scenery such as this should really visited every day, but failing that, at least as often as on this occasion, i.e., with no more than a two week interval intervening!
Highest point: Pike o’ Blisco (705 m/ 2313 ft.). Distance: 8.06 km/5.01 miles. Ascent: 692 m/2271 ft.
For further details of this walk, see the following:
Richards, M. Lakeland Fellranger series - The Mid-Western Fells (2009). Cicerone.
Wainwright, A. A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book 4: The Southern Fells (1960). Westmorland Gazette/Frances Lincoln.
Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps OL6 (1: 25 000) The Lake District: SW Area [or equivalent].

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