Pike of Blisco to Crinkle Crags


Route Abstract:

A stroll within the Langdale space of the Lake District, beginning on the Outdated Dungeon Ghyll and protecting Pike of Blisco, Chilly Pike, and Crinkle Crags. This stroll was initially supposed to be longer however was deserted early as a result of poor climate.

Route Info

  • Begin: Outdated Dungeon Ghyll Resort, Ambleside LA22 9JY, UK
  • Date:28-02-2019
  • GPX File: Obtain

Different POI: Outdated Dungeon Ghyll Resort, Redacre Gill, Wrynose Fell, Pike of Blisco, Crimson Tarn, Nice Knott, Chilly Pike, Crinkle Crags, Three Tarns, The Band, Oxendale, Stool Finish

Route Description:

The day earlier than this stroll, I accomplished the Fairfield Horseshoe in wonderful climate. That evening, as darkness fell and I sat in my automotive getting ready to snooze, the thick fog rolled in. It was no shock, the climate forecast that I’d been often checking had predicted as a lot, and the fog was right here to remain all day. One factor was for certain – there can be no excellent views on this stroll.

Pike of Blisco

The stroll began on the Outdated Dungeon Ghyll automotive park, a usually widespread start line for walks across the Langdale Pikes. It clearly wasn’t so widespread on this morning because the automotive park was empty bar 2 vehicles, and I actually wasn’t complaining about that as I really like a quiet stroll. From the automotive park, I headed south alongside an unnamed nation lane that finally led uphill in the direction of Blea Tarn. After a brief spell of strolling, the lane briefly adopted the road of Redacre Gill which signalled to me that my turning level was developing quickly. A footpath veered off on the best, following the road of Redacre Gill upwards in the direction of its supply. The footpath initially begins to the left of the gill earlier than finally crossing over to its proper. I’ll be sincere, this a part of the stroll was an actual slog and it appeared to take a lifetime of strolling and wheezing earlier than the highest was reached. To make issues worse, there’s no less than 2 false summits on the way in which that do the same old job of dashing your hopes. And naturally, there’s at all times no less than one show-off fellrunner that overtakes you while you huff and puff, doing their finest to make you look bodily unfit to be on the hills.

Looking back during the initial ascent to Pike of Blisco
The preliminary slog
Scrambling ahead on the Pike of Blisco
Scrambling forward on the Pike of Blisco

Visibility wasn’t too unhealthy for the time being. It wasn’t adequate to see any surrounding mountains however adequate to see an honest distance in entrance and behind. And extra importantly, it was dry. Ultimately, the ultimate slope to the summit of the Pike of Blisco was in sight. This part added a little bit of curiosity to the route as the trail grew to become a collection of straightforward mini-scrambles. The highest was reached shortly and I soaked up the wonderful views throughout me of gray mist.

Somewhere on top of Pike of Blisco
Someplace on prime of Pike of Blisco
The summit of Pike of Blisco
The summit

Chilly Pike

The route now headed initially south downhill earlier than finally turning to extra of a westerly course. The following cease was Chilly Pike and it was nearly seen by the mist as I made my method down the slope in the direction of Crimson Tarn. The valley ground made place to cease for a breather earlier than the following ascent.

Cold Pike from Pike of Blisco
Chilly Pike from Pike of Blisco
Pike of Blisco from Cold Pike
Pike of Blisco from Chilly Pike

The trail continues on the other facet of the valley however doesn’t ascend on to Chilly Pike. It as an alternative passes it on its northern facet. A detour wanted to be made so as to bag the summit of Chilly Pike however I sadly grew to become a bit of disorientated within the mist and missed my turning off spot by a ways. This part sadly added much more time to my journey than I used to be intending. The map on the backside exhibits my supposed route. I used to be truly nearly at Crinkle Crags earlier than realising my error and backtracking. Ultimately the summit of Chilly Pike was reached, and once more I used to be handled to occasional glimpses of close by mountain tops by the mist. I think about that the view from right here would have been wonderful on a transparent day.

Cold Pike summit
Chilly Pike summit
Tops of mountains poking through the mist
Tops of mountains poking by the mist

Crinkle Crags

I apologise for all these images wanting a bit bland and comparable. There actually wasn’t a lot to seize aside from rock with a backdrop of mist. From Chilly Pike, I headed again to Crinkle Crags and made my method as much as the highest of the primary crinkle – named South Prime. Unexpectedly, the mist parted and I had a stunning clear view of the second crinkle forward of me. I believed for a second that the mist was going to proceed to disperse leaving the remainder of the route clear. I used to be incorrect. The view lasted for about 30 seconds earlier than the mist got here again in, thicker than ever. Visibility was now very poor and to make issues worse, the drizzle began. I made my method down from South Prime to the supposed spotlight of the route – the unhealthy step! This can be a small easy scramble that may be prevented by skirting round and following the trail to the left. The unhealthy step itself is navigated simply by climbing the wall on the best. As soon as up then it’s a short stroll to summit the second crinkle – Lengthy Prime.

The mist parts on Crinkle Crags
The mist elements on Crinkle Crags
Navigating the 'bad step'
Navigating the ‘unhealthy step’

I’d love to explain the remainder of Crinkle Crags however sadly I may barely see a factor from this level on within the mist and drizzle. I misplaced my method a bit of bit on Lengthy Prime and ended up wandering west as an alternative of north earlier than realising my mistake. The plan from right here on was to easily climb something that seemed excessive and hope that they included all of the official summits on the crags. I’m assured I did that so I’m claiming them. I continued following the route north, regularly downhill over rocky terrain, till I arrived on the space on the map labelled ‘Three Tarns’. The unique plan was to proceed on to Bowfell after which Rossett Pike however sunlight hours have been working out quick. I made a decision to chop the stroll quick.

Somewhere on Crinkle Crags
Someplace on Crinkle Crags
Somewhere else on Crinkle Crags
Elsewhere on Crinkle Crags

I headed east from the three tarns down a gradual monitor generally known as The Band. The monitor follows the ridge all the way in which again right down to Langdale. As I descended, the mist began to skinny out and I used to be rewarded with a view down into Oxendale to my left. It wasn’t a lot of a view as a result of mist, nevertheless it was significantly better than what I’d gotten used to up on the highest of Crinkle Crags. Ultimately I arrived again on the automotive, simply in time for darkness to fall. And after a tricky day up mountains within the mist and drizzle, you simply can’t beat following it with a top quality four hour automotive journey again residence once more! OK, possibly not…

The path back to Langdale
The trail again to Langdale
Oxendale below
Oxendale under


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