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Pike o' Blisco & Lingmoor Fell - Langdale beauties
by old danensian » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:10 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Lingmoor Fell, Pike o'Blisco
Hewitts included on this walk: Pike of Blisco
Date walked: 23/03/2010
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After a couple of grotty days, and with a tantalising glimpse of tops from amidst the wispy lingering clouds when the tent doorway was thrown open early on Tuesday morning, their time had come. I needed to be heading south by lunchtime and staying an extra night at the Langdale campsite had proved worthwhile if a couple of quick tops could be reached - and these two couldn't have been any simpler or much more enjoyable for a morning dash.
From the campsite, the tarmac of the road over to Little Langdale only has to be endured for a few minutes before the well engineered path up Redacre Gill is reached. Thinking about the curious culinary combination the night before kept my mind off the initial steepness: sausage with lashings of rich onion gravy - and a coleslaw and salad garnish - Heston eat your heart out. Mind you, a pint of OP washes anything down nicely.
Though not yet paved, the path above the gill is a clear and gentle rise towards the final rocky summit. The view on Tuesday over Bowfell and Crinkles just kept on changing. However, apart from Pike o' Stickle, the rest of the Langdale Pikes were refusing to appear. It was refreshing to spend a solitary while on the top of what must be one of the most visited summits above Langdale. Preparations are well in hand for further preservation work as a dozen or so bags of stones for more pavement work had been deposited on the top.
As I was then heading towards Lingmoor Fell I simply reversed the route upwards, and passed a growing string of people heading for the top. "That's the problem of having to wait for breakfast in the hotel" was the lament of one gent who was clearly jealous of an early campsite start. "But I don't rough it now" he followed up: well that's a price you have to pay. With hindsight, I could have gone up from Stool End and Oxendale and then traversed the top in the time I had available - another time maybe.
Once the road over to Little Langdale had been crossed, it was on, up and around Side Pike to join the undulating ridge of Lingmoor Fell. At times the path follows open ground a few yards to the left of the stone wall running along its crest. At other times it sneaks and squeezes into the narrowest of dingy damp gaps between the wall and rocky outcrops before opening out again and revealing yet more of the deceptively long ridge. "It's only little, just 1550 feet" you say, so you think that the top will be in reach in no time at all. Finally though, the views open out and stretches of Windermere, a sliver of Coniston Water and the Coniston Fells come into view - and like the rest of the surrounding fells, they were just shedding their veils of cloud.
I decided to reverse the upward route again, having already walked the stretch in the valley from Chapel Stile to the Dungeon Gill in the rain the day before. The Langdale Pikes had finally shrugged off their coverings, and once past Side Pike, the benefit of this return trip was in the view up Mickelden, framed by Bowfell and the Pikes. This must be one of the most quintessentially Lakeland views of them all, and it was already ranked as one of my favourites when viewed from other directions. I'll have to dig the slides out to find pictures from the top of Gimmer - it's a great way of keeping the trip going.
Have to admit to not liking Lingmoor Fell (although I know it's popular) - might be 'cos I got chased across the whole length of it's top by a wasp so never really enjoyed my walk!
As to Pike O' Blisco, it's a great fell isn't it? That was my first 'Wainwright' when I started walking again in my 30s after a long absence... I actually set off from Blea Tarn up Blake Rigg looking for where Jimmy Page had just been interviewed for the TV as I was a huge fan of his at the time... Wasn't sure I found the actual rock he'd been sat on but, on looking round, saw a distant summit (Blisco) and thought I may as well go there. It's the only time I've been up a fell/mountain and asked people on the summit what fell it was!
- mountain coward
by colgregg » Sat Mar 27, 2010 9:42 am
- mountain coward
by colgregg » Sat Mar 27, 2010 10:15 pm
by 37lumleyst » Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:14 am
I've always vowed to return and camp and catch those fells I didnt do and revisit some of the ones I did - although family ties keep me away from the hills at the moment (New baby arrived 4 weeks ago so plenty of sleepless nights at our house) I'm sure I will get back across and complete my explore of Langdale, its such a cracking place with lots to offer everyone.
by colgregg » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:04 am