|Walk:||Browney Gill, Cold Pike, Red Tarn Moss, Black Crag, Pike of Blisco, Wrynose Fell, Bleatarn House, Lingmoor Fell, Side Pike|
|Start Point:||Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel||Grid Reference:||NY 286 060|
|Distance:||10 miles||Ascent:||4,000 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny and warm|
With a fine day forecast it was time for a trip to the Lakes - and a chance for Ian to tick off two more Wainwrights. The route took us from Cold Pike to Lingmoor Fell with Pike of Blisco popping up inbetween. Taking a break on Cold Pike we had just commented on the peace and quiet of this area BUT, descending to Redtarn Moss we found a large number of fell runners spread out before us, all running in different directions. This turned out to be part of the 'Lakes 5 Days', incorporating 5 individual orienteering events. Descending from Pike of Blisco must have coincided with the end of the event as we joined a stream of contestants returning to base.
Earlier we had been able to see the ascent to Lingmoor Fell from Blea Tarn House but were hoping that the perceived steepness had been an optical illusion. However, it was every bit as steep as it had looked! The views at the summit were as spectacular as they had been all day, taking in Windermere, the Coniston Fells, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell, the Langdale Pikes and the Helvellyn range. To finish off the day I introduced Ian to the fun of The Squeeze on Side Pike!
Whorneyside Force leading to Hell Gill
Looking across Oxendale to the Langdale Pikes
Ian on Cold Pike with Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell on the horizon . . .
and time for a rest!
Cold Pike, looking to the Coniston fells
Pike of Blisco, our next summit, with Black Crag to the right
Descending to Wrynose Fell we are surprised to see . . .
lots of people running in all directions
Great Knott with Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell to the right
Windermere from the approach to . . .
Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs from Black Crag . . .
and in a different direction Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell
Great Langdale from Black Crag
Great Langdale from the approach to Pike of Blisco . . .
and Lingmoor Fell where the heather is in bloom
The southern cairn from the summit of . . .
Pike of Blisco . . .
from where there are more great views of Great Langdale and the Langdale Pikes
It looks like a farmer's field has been used to accommodate the orienteering activity
One for the album
Descending from Pike of Blisco we find that the orienteering activity has finished . . .
so lots of people are heading down our path . . .
to return to their cars
Talking to the animals!
The Langdale Pikes always look better from a lower viewpoint
Looking towards Oxendale from our climb to . . .
Lingmoor Fell . . .
where we find the heather we saw earlier
The summit provides all around views, of the Langdale Pikes . . .
Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell . . .
Time for anothe one 'for the album'
Lingmoor Tarn . . .
looking picturesque in the sun
Ian tackles The Squeeze . . .
as we navigate around Side Pike
The late afternoon light enhances the rocks and gullies on the Langdale Pikes