Cold Pike - Lake District Walk

Saturday 20th September 2008

With the forecast for the weekend being so good we decided on Thursday night to make the most of it and head north for two days of walking. After a very early start we arrived in the Lakes at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday morning to find the higher fells covered in cloud. Fortunately as we climbed higher so did the cloud base until eventually as we started to descend it lifted completely and we ended the walk in glorious evening sunshine.

Start: Blea Tarn car park (NY 2964 0434)

Route: Blea Tarn car park - Blake Rigg (261) - Long Crag (262) - Pike O'Blisco (263) - Cold Pike (264) - Great Knott (265) - Oxendale - Side Pike - Blea Tarn car park

Distance: 8.25 miles     Ascent: 1004 metres      Time Taken: 8 hours

Terrain: Predominately on good paths but the start was pathless and very steep.

Weather: Cool with low cloud to start, clearing to a sunny evening.

Pub Visited: Brook House Inn, Eskdale    Ale Drunk: Timothy Taylor's Landlord

Route Map >>


Blea Tarn

Sunshine on the Langdales as we set out.

Miller Stands

The steep, wet and very slippery route we took to the top of Miller Stands. Not an experience I am in a hurry to repeat.

Blea Tarn

Looking down on Blea Tarn from Miller Stands. For some reason my lens kept misting over today.

Little Langdale Tarn

Little Langdale Tarn from the same place.

Blake Rigg's summit

Looking towards the Langdales from Blake Rigg's summit.

Pike O'Blisco

Long Crag and Pike O'Blisco ahead, as the cloud starts to clear from the top of Pike O'Blisco.


Sunshine on Wet Side Edge and Wetherlam.

Lingmoor Fell

Lingmoor Fell.

Long Crag's summit

Looking back to Blake Rigg from Long Crag's summit.


Windermere and Blake Rigg from the path to Pike O'Blisco.

Pike O'Blisco's summit

Pike O'Blisco's summit.

Cold Pike

A misty looking Cold Pike (the lens again).

Cold Pike & Great Knott

Cold Pike and Great Knott with the top of the Crinkles sliced of by the cloud.

Glaramara & Skiddaw

It appears to be much brighter to the north and west where Skiddaw is visible from Pike O'Blisco's summit.

Red Tarn

Looking down on Red Tarn from the descent of Pike O'Blisco.

Great Knott

Great Knott.

Pike O'Blisco

Pike O'Blisco from Cold Pike's summit.


Sunshine over the Langdales and High Raise as we reach the summit of Great Knott.

Crinkle Crags

The Crinkles however still have their tops sliced off by the cloud.

Cold Pike

Cold Pike from Great Knott.

Great Langdale

Early evening sunshine in Great Langdale. It seems like a long way down and we still have to get back to the car and drive to Eskdale before we pitch the tent.

Crinkle Crags

The top of the Crinkles appear as we start down the path to Oxendale.


Bowfell is now clear of cloud.


The shadow's are starting to lengthen in Oxendale.

Side Pike

The last of the day's sunshine lights up Side Pike as we reach the valley floor. Getting to enjoy the evening sunshine setting the fells alight like this more than made up for the early start and having to pitch the tent in the dark.


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