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Pike of Bliscoe, Blake Rigg, Blea Tarn, Side Pike, Cumbria
[13.5 km]  Wed 26 Jun 2019

Lat/Long: 54.437489, -03.102480
OS Grid ref: NY 28590 05235
A nice sunny drive via Ambleside and the Langdales to the steep climb up towards Blea Tarn. Part way up I left my car in a small old quarry by the road and then set off on the main path south heading by Redacre Gill and up towards Pike of Blisco. I was the only one around and the path was excellent going in the morning sunshine.

Langdale valley
After a short flat section the path gradient steepens but for most of the way it is a flight of stone steps making the going very easy. It soon warmed up in the clear sunshine and I was walking in my t-shirt. Eventually the steep part eased and I walking across a flat grass plateau on the final approach. Looking back there were excellent views of the Langdales. The final approach to the summit area of Pike of Blisco is a series of rocky scrambles but not too steep.
Stone steps up to Pike of Bliscoe

View up Mickleden
The summit area is quite wide with two prominent rock utcrops each with a stone cairn. The easternmost caren appears to be the highest.
Acording to my GPS the north cairn is 700.4m and the south cairn 698.3m. So north has it.

View from the summit of Pike of Bliscoe
I stopped for a while to take in the excellent panorama of the Cumbrian Fells. I then headed west to the next pinnacle and descended west down some steep rock scrambles to a grassy area where I then turned east where there was no path. I wanted to visit Blake Rigg cairn away in the distance.
View to the Langdales
It was around 2 km of open fell to cross but fortunately there were no boggy areas and the going was very pleasant. I reached the cairn on Blake Rigg and looked down towards Blea Tarn which was my next objective. As there is no footpath the descent was a little tricky in places on the east side of the fell.
Cairn on Blake Rigg
I headed south then southeast descending steep grassy slopes then picked my way carefully through rocky outcrops and deep bracken covered fell side until I joined the main path south of Blea Tarn. I followed it up to the footbridge and stopped briefly at the Tarn where a photographer was there with his tripod taking the conventional view looking across the tarn to the Langdale Fells.
View down to Blea Tarn

Blea Tarn to the Langdales
I joined the path and followed it back to the road at the east side of the tarn and stop for a few moments to chat to some people in the car park. I headed north along the road then up a steep path to the right towards Lingmoor Fell. It was a substantial climb and took me to Brown How summit where I turn left to follow a narrow path which for a large length was adjacent to a wall and very dangerous barbed wire fence.

Lingmoor Fell towards Pike of Stickle
In the distance was Side Pike and I made a tricky descent down a series of steep rock slabs to reach a flatter section and a path running on the south side of Side Pike. There is a famous squeeze here where the path goes between a protruding rock and the rock face on the right. However there is a diversion below so it can be avoided. It was easy to get through the squeeze but I had to remove my rucksack. Once through I reached the west side of the mountain and a series of steep descents heading back down to the road. Earlier in the morning it had been sunny but cool but now a little cloud but the temperature had increased considerably.
The squeeze on Side Pike

Jet training in the Langdale Valley