Cold Pike and Pike of Blisco

We've been up Cold Pike and Pike of Blisco many times, but this must have been the first where it didn't rain, throw a blizzard at us, or chuck us off the fells with a gale. It's one of the finest routes too with excellent views and a great feeling of remoteness.

Red Tarn, which you pass in the latter stage of the walk, gets its name from the colour of the surrounding rocks: a less common form of copper oxide weathers to red. Once it was mined from the slopes above the tarn's shores. For such a large tarn it is quite shallow just 1.5m or barely 5ft in depth.

Starting high at the top of Wrynose Pass, at Three Shires Stone, there are a few small parking spots. You will have to get there early to bag a space at holiday times. The stone marks the spot where the old counties of Lancaster, Cumberland, and Westmorland met.

The name of the pass: Wrynose, apparently is from "pass of the stallion" on account of it needing a good strong horse to climb it! Signs of the original Roman road can still be found along Wrynose Bottom.