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Time and place : Tuesday 23rd Sept 2003

Occasion : A walk up Holly's final two peaks of Lingmoor and Pike o' Blisco to complete her ascent of all the 214 Wainwright Peaks of the English Lake District.

Walk details : 3.5 mls 1300 ft on Lingmoor, 2.25 mls and 1100 feet of ascent to Pike o' Blisco.

Weather : Sunny and warm in Lingmoor, but cooler on Pike o' Blisco.

It's quite often that the reason to go out is to walk the dogs, but it's less often that the dog sets the agenda for the day. With the forecast of a fine day throughout, we set of to walk two fells in the southern Lakes.

On the way, two famous Lakes views too good to miss.

Above, Skiddaw from Whinlatter viewpoint, below Grasmere from the Red Bank Road.

Lingmoor Fell and Pike o' Blisco were the last two fells that our younger dog hadn't climbed. This meant that we hadn't climbed them ourselves for over eight years, an even better reason to go, if ever one was needed.

Lingmell Fell from High Close. Wetherlam to the left, the Langdale Pikes to the right.

Parking near the Three Shires Inn we walked up past Dale End Farm and onto the south western end of the fell, from where we could view Little Langdale Tarn, Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs.

Lingmoor's first cairn with views of the Helvellyn, the Fairfield group and St Sunday Crag in shadow behind.

In front, a close up view of our companion Amy !!

Amongst the many old workings on this side of the fell someone has kindly fashioned a fine seat.

The undulating top of Lingmoor with the Langdale Pikes behind.

The wall is a classic feature of this top as it follows the contours across the ridge, a bit like Hadrian's efforts further north.

Beyond is Pike o' Blisco (in shadow) the Crinkles and Bowfell.

A summit panorama from Lingmoor Fell looking west.

Our next fell was to be Pike o' Blisco itself, seen here with Blea Tarn at its base.

To avoid a rather long final road walk we made our way back to the car and headed up the valley.

Parking above the Three Shires Stone we were able to view the summit from below.

All that remains is to climb it . . . Hope the weather holds.

With the higher altitude, the heavier cloud cover, and the stronger wind, it felt considerably cooler up here.

Hefting Fences.

On some fells they have built post and wire mesh fences to teach the new sheep (post Foot and Mouth) which areas of the fells belong to them. Here they have decided to construct three strand electric fences to achieve the same end. Where they cross the path they have provided several stiles and they're dog friendly ones too !!

The Summit Cairn on Pike o' Blisco.

Holly first to the top as is often the case. Does she realise the significance of this one ?

Celebrity status - official photo - Holly's 214

The support team. Amy, Hannah and Ann, with Layla and Suzy the dalmation.

" Tea and biscuits " out of the wind.

Below the summit but still with fine views of Pike o' Stickle and Skiddaw in the distance.

Homeward bound, back via Red Tarn to Three Shires and the car.


Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

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