Thursday, 7th August 2014

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
Time: 7.75 hours
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

Browney Gill

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

Red Tarn

Great Knott with Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell to the right

Windermere from the approach to . . .

Black Crag

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!

Blea Tarn

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 . . .

and Windermere

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

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