Pike O Blisco

  • A craggy Lakeland Fell
  • Great views of the Langdale valley
  • A good scramble to the summit

2304′. An irresistible name combined with a true mountain profile makes Pike O Blisco one of my favourite mountains in the Lake District. I have categorised Pike O Blisco under Easy Fells but this is no easy fell such as a Catbells or Helm Crag…. unless it is climbed from the top of Wrynose Pass. The route from Langdale is steep, rocky with some genuine scrambling near the summit. In fact the difficulty I had coming off the summit last time has persuaded me to alter the more traditional route down to the east and use this as the ascent. The return is via lovely Red Tarn, Brownley Gill and the farm at Stool End.

The twin cairns of the summit are dramatically situated above a circle of rock for which some careful, or careless route finding can take you either smoothly up or leave you with a ‘sporting’ hands on scramble. I prefer the latter although to be fair I bailed out on one cliff face as I was descending. The large, and perfectly formed, cairn on the main summit has been the subject of much debate over the years. Wainwright was much taken by the cairn when he wrote his guides, but then much distressed when it was vandalised a few years later. Today the cairn is once again showing signs of wear and tear and probably needs the dedicated folk of the National Park to repair it before it crumbles once again in to a pile of rocks.

Recommend: Visit the wood hut on the western slope, it is not a refreshment hut but storage for the National Park

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West.Buy Map
Start Point: NY 293064. The car park at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel is best but expensive. Bring over £6 in change.
Height to Climb: 583ms (1,912 feet)
Terrain: 2,304 feet. For footpath erosion students this is a study in how it should be done. Due to Pike O Blisco's steepness the erosion, particularly to the east has required nearly 1000 foot of new path. It is not bad at all although does give the feeling of going up stairs a little.
Eating & Drinking: There is a choice of Dungeon Ghyll's on the valley floor. The Climbers bar in the Old version is the best although I like travelling down to Wainwrights Inn at Chapel Style.
Similar Walks Nearby: Cold Pike from Wrynose Pass
The Langdale Pikes
Lingmoor Fell, Langdale
Places to Stay:


Cuckoo’s Nest Cottage, Ambleside