Cold Pike from Wrynose

  • An easy climb from a high pass
  • Great views of the Langdale fells
  • Picturesque tarn

2260′. Climbing Cold Pike from the high pass at Wrynose Pass may feel a bit like cheating, little more than a thousand foot from the pass, but in reality it is an excellent way of visiting a high Lakeland fell with a minimum of effort. For a child that struggles with both fitness or boredom on a normal 2,000 foot pull or an older couple who’s knees may be shot this is an excellent way of experiencing a craggy peak in the central belt of Lakeland mountains that lie above Langdale.

The views from the summit offer a supreme panorama with Crinkle Crags and Pike o’Blisco showing to great effect. Throw in Red Tarn which nestles between Cold Pike and Pike O ‘Blisco and some pleasant scrambling opportunities just off the return path and this short climb offers much more than a look on the map would suggest. For information Wrynose refers to ‘a stallion’ which would be needed to drag any object up its steep sides.

Recommend: The perspective of the entire Duddon Valley all the way to the sea is superbly laid out from the summit of Cold Pike.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 278028. Wrynose Pass. There is limited parking scattered along the pass
Height to Climb: 323 ms (1059 feet)
Terrain: Faint track to the rocky summit then head north to join the main Crinkle Crags path to Red Tarn.
Eating & Drinking: The village of Little Langdale is the closest place to find some food or drink
Similar Walks Nearby: Lingmoor Fell, Langdale
Great Carrs & Wetherlam from Little Langdale
Harter Fell in the Duddon Valley
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