Helvellyn on Christmas Day

Sat 25 Dec 2010

Route: Swirls - Browncove Crags path - Helvellyn - Browncove Crags path - Swirls

Distance: 4.75 miles

Ascent: 2,540ft

Time: 3 hours

With: On own


Snow at all levels, icy paths, cloud base at 2,500ft. Snow showers during the descent.

First there were 4, then 3, then 2 and then just me as my walking companions fell ill!

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Above Swirls. looking back down the path

Looking up to Browncove Crags

A frozen Thirlmere below and the top of the Skiddaw fells in cloud

Hawes How Island and a frozen Thirlmere

View from 'Swirls Gate' as I enter the cloud

The cross shelter at Helvellyn's summit

Helvellyn's summit trig point

Retracing my route I head back to Swirls

A snow shower as the weather closes in

The paths are very icy in places

Footbridge across Helvellyn Gill

Previous Walk: High Rigg from Legburthwaite (Sun 19 Dec 2010)

Next Walk: Helvellyn again (Sun 26 Dec 2010)

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