: Who (or What) Was Blisco?
27th September 2013
He after whom a Pike was named?
is no ordinary Pike but one of the very best.
is not as fashionable as Harrison or Stickle, probably
as it lacks the dramatic impact from the valley.
I find it to be much more fun and it provides stunning
views all round the valley.
you can check that you car is still ok in the car park
an eye on your car!
who was he?
he was, he should be proud to have this fine specimen
named after him.
perhaps the question should be what is a Blisco?
type of mineral found in the stone (the western side being
the Red Brick Road
the old name for a type of buzzard that nested there?
a spirit that haunted its early visitors?
thought the name "swashbuckling"! Was
it the hiding place of a Whitehaven Pirate? A
pal of John Paul Jones?
knows? Even the Googoracle is silent.
there are boring ways to get there but there is one
that is excellent, that directly from the valley below.
the view of the scruffy farmyard.
The lower stages are simple; these days the path
is clear and mostly paved. But the upper stretch
involves a number of short scrambles up rock gullies.
No exposure and totally safe unless you do something
daft but the sort that makes you feel a real man of
the mountains. Or at least a sense of what being
a real man of the mountains must feel like.
on scruffy farm to put it in perspective!
Stickle centre, Side Pike to the right
all made the top!
and Bowfell peeping
conquered, it is a difficult decision where to go next.
The exciting next stage would be the Crinkles
and maybe on to Bowfell but if time (and legs) don't
permit, then Cold Pike presents an alternative, albeit
rather mundane in comparison. That was our route
there, it was an easy stroll down to the Three Counties
Stone at the top of Wrynose Pass.
This is the
meeting place of Lancashire, Westmorland and Cumberland
although today it seemed more like Westmorland, Cheshire
and East Gippsland.
In case you
were not aware, Gippsland is in the state of Victoria which James claims
to be the home of the most sophisticated Aussies.
I know what
you are thinking!!!
Counties Stone. But which?
to homeland matters, it
is difficult to imagine how the Tour of Britain cyclists
managed the climb at ferocious speed. The cyclists
we saw were game but struggling.
descent of Wrynose Pass, Little Langdale Tarn in distance
a dropping down by the road for a while, a paths leads
off around Hollin Crag and across Blea Moss to the head
of Blea Tarn. The south shore offers one of the
most iconic views in the lake district- across the water
to those better known (and recognised) pikes.
across Blea Tarn
the tarn it is a fairly gentle descent to the ODG (Old
Dungeon Ghyll Hotel) where
magnanimous John, who had shouldered the driving burden,
insisted on buying us beer to celebrate his birthday
of three days earlier.
final descent to the valley and the ODG
was a grand walk on an increasingly glorious day. However
we still don't know who or what was Blisco. Any
27th September 2013
G ( BB1217
) has recently knocked off another Wainwright bringing
the total outstanding down to four. He is going
for the record of longest period from start to finish-
currently 42 years!!
peak conquered was Hart Side following which he has
posed us an interesting question.
observed that Birkett Fell has a summit cairn with a
plaque naming the hill and asks how many more such plaques
states that he can't think of any other except Skiddaw
Dodd (which, like Birkett Fell is not a Wainwright).
lesser peaks having a plaque include Orrest
Head and Heversham Head.
thought that Black Fell had a National Trust
summit plaque naming the fell and the photo
evidence in BB0810
proves him to be correct.
how many more Wainwright summits have a
plaque naming it?
have to confess, I can't think of
with Black Fell plaque
27th September 2013
climbed in feet:
(Memory Map / OS)
o'Blisco, Cold Pike
Don, James, John Hn, Martin
routes are put online in gpx format which
should work with most mapping software. You can follow
our route in detail by downloading bb1333 .
discover which Wainwright top was visited on which BB outing
- although it may not be that up to date - see: Which
For the latest totals of the mileages and heights (ditto) see: BB Log.
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