2 Wainwrights completed (61 in total)
Pike of Blisco - 705 metres
Crinkle Crags - 859 metres
Wow what a scorcher, I have never been to the Lakes in these temperatures before. I packed as much water as I could today, however by the end of the day I was rationing myself.
Starting out from my B&B at Millbeck Farm I picked up the Cumbrian Way which was quite easy as it runs past the front. This was followed for about a mile until just past the Old Dungeon Gill hotel where I dropped down to pick up the path to Stool Farm.After the farm I carried on following Oxendale Beck before crossing over the new bridge ( the previous one was washed away), no danger of that today as there was very little water coming off the fells. All flat so far, next up 1500ft of ascent beside Browney Gill in 23° with no wind, it nearly broke me. One couple heading for the Crinkles turned back beaten by the stifling heat, I wished them well and carried on, stopping every so often to have a sip of water. Towards the top of the gill is a little waterfall which came in very handy for an impromptu shower. It was much easier going once the col was reached with a slight breeze helping to dry me out, so left for Pike of Blisco with another 750ft of ascent but steeper this time so height was gained quickly. A quick break on the summit with stunning views down Langdale all the way to Windermere and time to retrace my steps down to Red Tarn. This is where the real hard work started. with over 2 miles of the roughest terrain the Lake District can throw at you, high temperatures and absolutely no breeze at nearly 3000ft high it was going to be no picnic. The little outcrops seen from the valley floor turned out to be massive domes of shattered rock. There are 7 of these Crinkles and the second one (Long Top) is the highest, I absolutely didn't bother with the Bad Step on a day like this (I had no energy for rock climbing), the path is blocked by a huge chockstone and the only way up is to climb over it which is easier said than done. I took the path around the side which is still steep and a lot longer in order to summit the highest Crinkle. It didn't become any easier over the remaining lower crinkles and I was pleased to eventually reach 3 tarns. I had considered ataining Bowfell but time was getting on, energy levels were low and I still had 3 and a half miles to get back to base, by this time a thunderstorm broke out just behind the Langdale Pikes which certainly made my.mind up for me. Two miles of descent followed down The Band back to Stool Farm and then a further mile and a half back to New Dungeon Gill for my pint of bitter shandy.
What a day, Wainwright called it Lakelands best ridge mile, I call it torturous.