A little peak with big ambition - Pike of Blisco

Duration:Half Day

The diminutive peak of Pike of Blisco has a neat trick up its sleeve, which allows it to punch above its weight and compete on equal terms with the grander mountains surrounding it. Being separated from its neighbours by a deep drop, and sited at a mid point along the valley, gives it unrestricted 360 degree views across the whole of Langdale. Its desirability is also enhanced by its distinct conical profile that can be seen from base to summit and gives it a proper mountain feel. A circuit crossing its summit from west to east takes in all its best features.


  1. From the gate/stile at the western end of the campsite turn R onto the valley road and follow it a short distance to the Stool End Farm access track. Join the track and follow it through fields to Stool End. Follow the right of way through the farmyard and go through the gate. The path splits a short distance beyond the gate; take the L branch and follow it to the footbridge over Oxendale Beck.

  2. Turn L and cross over the footbridge. On the other side follow the path as it climbs a steepening course SW then S up the flank of Browney Gill to the open col occupied by Red Tarn. 150m before Red Tarn is reached a path breaks off L, this is the path to Pike of Blisco and should be followed direct to the distinct cairn on the summit rocks.

  3. To leave the summit, head E and follow the path as it picks its way through the rocks. The path descends open slopes then turns NE to follow the upper course of Redacre Gill. The path then crosses Redacre Gill continuing on a NE heading until it reaches the Blea Tarn road. Turn L onto the road and follow it down the hairpins and back into Langdale. Continue along the road to the start at the camp site.

Further Information

Start/Finish: National Trust Camp Site Langdale (GR NY285060)

Distance: 4.4 miles (7.1km)

Height gain: 610m

Time to complete the walk: 2-3 hours

By Neil Winder

Area Ranger-Grasmere and Great Langdale. Growing up in the Lakes naturally progressed to working in this beautiful area. After studying Countryside management at Newton Rigg College Penrith I spent time volunteering for the RSPB at Leighton Moss Silverdale. These experiences lead to employment with the National Trust whom I’ve been with for over 14 years now. I’ve worked on the upland footpath team carrying out footpath repairs in the area and as Warden working on countryside estate work like walling, fencing and hedge laying. As Area Ranger I’m Responsible for planning and coordinating general operations over 7800 Hectares of countryside portfolio. I love the outdoors, getting out side in my work and also spending time walking with my family. I’ve been known to enjoy bursts of trail running when my energy levels are high. I also have a passion for electronic music; I was a DJ for many years and hold a qualification in computer music production.

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Great Langdale Campsite

Ambleside LA22 9

NY 286 059

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