D4: Pike O’Blisco

Thursday 7th August

Results, Winsplits, Splitsbrowser and Routegadget are all available. BOF results have also been uploaded.



Nearest town: Ambleside
Grid Ref: NY283054
Postcode: LA22 9JU
Latitude: 54.44008
Longitude: -3.10640
Google Map (aerial)
Bing Map (OS)


Results by class and course with splits

Winsplits (sorry, no data for courses 12 & 15)

Splitsbrowser (sorry, no data for courses 12, 15, 16 & 17)

RouteGadget (sorry, no data for courses 12, 15, 16 & 17)

BOF Ranking points

Overall Results with Points

Pre-event Information

Fast detailed rocky open fell side.

Organising Club: Lakeland Orienteering Club
Planners: Roger Smith
Organiser: Mike Atherton and Dave Neild
Controllers: Brian Jackson

Please Note:  The walk to the main start on Day 4 will be in excess of 2km but, more importantly, will involve some 400 metres of climb. For this reason, courses 12, 15, 16 and 17 will be located on a different area to the other courses and will be at a lower level, but still involve 1km and 120 metres of climb to the start.  Because of this, Course 12 may be less technical than on other days, but it was felt that, on balance, this would be preferable to the arduous climb. Previously, course 11, with many more courses was designated to this terrain but classes M75L, W70L, W75L, W45S & W50S have now been designated ‘new course 11’ and they will use the main start.

Parking & Directions

Grid Ref NY 283 054 Postcode LA22 9JU

Signed from the A593 Ambleside to Coniston road, follow the B5343 until it ends, turn left onto the minor road to Blea Tarn. Parking is after 500m on the right.

Campervans can be accommodated but due to the narrow entrance, larger motorhomes should be parked at the NT car park at Stickle Barn, 2km before reaching the car park but go early to get a space.  It is also possible to use public transport to get from Ambleside to Assembly (see below).


Adjacent to car parking, toilets, traders and EOD registration.

Assembly to starts

Red and Blue (High) Start:  Leave Assembly by gate at S end of field.  2km 400m climb (1 hour)

Green and White (Low) Start: Go from Assembly through gate into northern car park field and leave this by stile at NE end.  1.2km, 135m climb , (40 mins).


Courses from the Red/blue start finish near their start, follow tapes to ’start route’ and reverse. 40 mins.

Courses from the Green/White start finish near their start, 20 mins.


Pike o’ Blisco - 1:10,000, 5m contours (Courses 1 – 11, 13 & 14). Surveyed and drawn by Martin Bagness (Eastern) Malcolm Campbell (Western) 2009. Although entirely open fell side, the map does not use the rough open screen; open fell is printed white on this map.

Blea Tarn - 1: 7,500, 5m contours (Courses 12, 15 - 17). Surveyed and drawn by Martin Bagness 2014. This map uses ‘normal’ map colours.

Terrain description

Pike O’ Blisco offers some of the very best open runnable terrain in the Lake District with a wealth of rock and contour detail and almost no bracken.

Blea Tarn has pasture, open fell and a woodland.  It provides suitable terrain for the junior and oldest veterans’ course. By necessity some legs of the White course follow walls rather than paths. The Yellow course uses an indistinct path but this is marked by red and white streamers.

Special information

Bus service (516) from Ambleside to Dungeon Ghyll (via Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater), only 500m walk to Assembly from here.  Runs every 90 mins or so starting at 0930 hrs.

Categorised under: Day 4

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Pike O'Blisco map extract,

Pike O'Blisco map extract

Related Information

Overall Results

The overall results for all classes are available here.

Prize winners

If you were unable to attend the Prizegiving on Friday, or did not get your Day Prize, you can contact the Entry Secretary to arrange collection. Sue will be at the White Rose and the BOC events in September (at the MDOC feather).

Competition Info

General competitor information relevant to all days.

Course Details

Provisional course details including Start colour, distances and climb. Distances from parking to Assembly and from Assembly to Starts can be found on the individual day pages.