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Cheats Way Up

Cheats Way Up

Driving over the Lakeland passes of Wrynose and Hardknott is a way for those who do not want to exert themselves or put on boots, to become‘up close and personal’ with the drama of the hills.

It is also a bit of a cheats way to walk quickly to the tops which otherwise have to be hiked up from Langdale.

Purists may not agree, but if you are in a bit of a hurry and need quick fix for a day then parking at the Three Shires stone to take in Pike of Blisco and Cold Pike was a very satisfying way to start the weekend.


The days started with blue sky.

Pike of Bliscot

Start at Wrynose

With mist over the hills

morning mist

Clearing in time for the top of Blisco

Pike of Blisco

Pike of Blisco

Still a bit hazy in the distance


From Blisco

and the valley


Great Langdale

but clearing for the the way to to Cold Pike

Red Tarn

Red Tarn

with a postcard view of the Langdales

Langdale Pikes

Langdale Pikes

and Hardknott Pass


Hardknott from Cold Pike

until the approaching grey indicated ‘home time’.

My short walk with download details from getamap here


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