|Route from parking area near The Three Shires Stone|
|Phil & Treacle on Pike o'Blisco|
The Three Shires Stone lies on the Wrynose Pass at grid reference 277027. We drove up to it from the cottage at Hall Dunnerdale in the Duddon Valley and were walking from the free parking area (which takes at least ten cars on the roadside) at 0850z.
Our target was Pike o'Blisco (LDW-086/LD-024) and we would follow that with Crinkle Crags (LDW-017) returning via Cold Pike LDW-088. We decided to leave Bow Fell for another day to link in with other summits, as we knew the day after this one would be much harder than today and we would need to conserve some energy.
The weather was good, albeit windy, and the three of us Judy, Treacle and I had all enjoyed the walk up to Red Tarn, leaving the main path early at 26947 03680 to start the steeper climb up to Pike o'Blisco. As usual the footpaths marked on the OS maps were a figment of someones imagination when they were last surveyed some years ago....
As we approached the first Crinkle we remembered the Bad Step from the Julia Bradbury series on BBC TVs Wainwright Walks. We viewed it from around 50m away and discetion being the better part of valour skirted the obstacle by turning south west where an easy path led us around it and onto the top of Crinkle No.1.
|Pike o'Blisco LDW-086 from Cold Pike LDW-088|
We arrived at Crinkle No.5 (LDW-017) which seems to be the highest of the set, at 1200z. It had taken us 100 minutes to get from Pike o'Blisco to this point. After eating our packed lunches I called CQ. 12 QSOs were completed, including a summit to summit with Peter G1FOA/P on Coniston Old Man. Another Peter, GW0ETN was the best DX. Colin 2E0XSD just scraped into the log with a weak scratchy signal - presumably caused by screening due to the signals having to pass over the higher Scafell Pike and its surrounding fells. Copy was marginal which explains why I could not hear Colin on either Blisco or Cold Pike later.
|Crinkle Crags LDW-017 from Cold Pike LDW-088|
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