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Crinkle Crags & Pike of Blisco
by poppiesrara » Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:45 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags, Pike o'Blisco
Hewitts included on this walk: Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags (Long Top), Crinkle Crags South Top, Pike of Blisco, Shelter Crags
Date walked: 11/08/2012
Time taken: 3.75
Distance: 12.75 km
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From Great Langdale, the path up and over Pike of Blisco is beautifully made – rock steps embedded into the fellside and making quite short work of what must previously have been a steep and breathless climb over damp terrain. Spectacular views of the Langdale Pikes all the way and a great walk to the satisfyingly rocky summit.
Cold Pike afterwards might be a thin smear of meat paste between the pain Poilâne of the other two peaks, but it’s quite good to leave the broad paths for a short while and head pathlessly up the grassy slopes to a hill that would be quite enough to be the day’s highlight in many parts of the country. Pretty hazy conditions today, but still outlines of the Coniston Fells to the south to see and an increasingly tempting view of the jagged top of Crinkle Crags to tempt you on.
As the many walkers up there could attest, the mile traversing the seven-plus tops of Crinkle Crags and its neighbours is a constantly fascinating rocky walk – plenty of obstacles and half-scrambles, but most just the right side of awkward (to my slight shame, I had a good look at the ‘Bad Step’ and still just couldn’t see the moves needed, but the detour path west is a really good route). The unobstructed view of the Scafells from here is amazing too, giving England’s somewhat-maligned highest a real grandeur.
The descent via The Band (time precluding an assault first on the scree path up Bowfell) - an obvious, almost-paved walkers’ highway, of the sort that the knees and fading concentration rather welcome at the end of a walk – is a relaxing one, with good open views to the fells around and verdant Great Langdale before. No great originality in recommending this circuit, I’m sure, but I’ll do it anyway! Simply a wonderful little walk.
by garyhortop » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:03 am
by AJNicholls » Wed Aug 15, 2012 2:24 pm
When I did Pike O'Blisco back in January, the steps you mentioned were very dangerous. Cold Pike was fine, but it was a bit too late in the day to head up for Crinkle Crags in dense snow.
When I got back home I heard a walker had to be air-lifted after making a mistake on the Bad Step on Crinkle Crags that week. Not gone up-close to it yet, but will see if I can suss it out when I do.
by ChrisW » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:28 pm
by malky_c » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:58 pm
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