BLAKE RIGG (LITTLE LANGDALE), LONG CRAG on WRYNOSE FELL, PIKE O’ BLISCO, COLD PIKE, LITTLE STAND & STONESTY PIKE
from WRYNOSE PASS

 


Summary

Date - 30th September 2007 Distance - 7.5 miles
Map - OL6 Start point - Wrynose Bridge, Wrynose Pass (NY 285033)

 

Summits Achieved

Name Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Blake Rigg (Little Langdale) 1755 535 NY 2851 0390
Long Crag on Wrynose Fell 1788 545 NY 2798 0397
Pike O'Blisco 2313 705 NY 2713 0421
Cold Pike 2300 701 NY 2628 0360
Little Stand 2428 740 NY 2504 0337
Stonesty Pike 2510 765 NY 2494 0412

 

The Walk

After driving through the very narrow lanes of Little Langdale we arrived at Wrynose Pass and settling into Dad's rucksack we started our ascent over boggy ground and then up past Little Horse Crag to Blake Rigg, where we hopped out to have our photo taken. Note that walking sticks seem to grow out of the cairns here!!

In the distance we could see the massive bulk of Bowfell that we had all climbed in January 2006 in freezing conditions when it was covered in snow and ice. Today it looked more benign.

We then walked over to the bare rocky outcrop of Long Crag on Wrynose Fell before making the steep and scrambly climb to Pike o' Blisco. The summit is adorned with a very shapely cairn. Grizzly & Allen had not been up here before so they were pleased to bag the summit.

After Dad had taken a few photos, including us of course, we made the descent to Red Tarn and then headed towards the Crinkle Crags.

We were not destined for those today having climbed them with Uncle Bob and Dad in October last year. All the time we had superb views of the mountains all of which we had climbed before too (how lucky we are to have a Dad who will take us on all these walks). Part way along the path we headed left up the side of Cold Pike to reach the neat cairn at the summit. Here again we had views of Crinkle Crags and Bowfell amongst other mountains. Again Grizzly & Allen bagged this summit.

It would now have been easy just to walk along the top and descend to Wrynose Pass. Dad has however a book that lists all the 541 fells in the Lake District over 1000ft. So far he had done 372 and he is intending to try and climb the lot. Two not climbed were in fairly easy reach and so we dropped down and crossed some very rough and at times boggy ground to ascend to the next ridge. It was very steep and made Dad out of breath, but after a stop or two we made it and visited first the summit of Little Stand. Here we had a superb view of the Scafells (the highest fells in the Lake District). The photo actually shows Slight Side (far left), Scafell, Scafell Pike (highest mountain in England), Broad Crag and Ill Crag.

On its summit Little Stand has two little tarns. Here is one of them.

The last top was Stonesty Pike the summit of which was hard to find as the top was a large plateau but with the help of Dad's GPS device we got there. We now had to double back on to the path we had walked before to descend to Red Tarn (so called because the rocks all around are reddish in colour), and then descend to Wrynose Pass.

This was reached at the Three Shire Stone. Before the reorganisation of boundaries this marked the place where the old shires of Cumberland, Lancashire and Westmorland met. Here we are by the stone. Shaun is in Lancashire, Allen and Grizzly in Cumberland and Tetley is in Westmorland.

All that then remained was to walk down Wrynose Pass to the car and for Dad to drive us home after another super day.

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