Fri 18 Dec 2009

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

Distance: 4.75 miles

Ascent: 2,540ft

Time: 3 hours

With: On own


A dusting of snow at all levels, not very deep. A biting NE wind. Lots of blue sky and sunshine

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Out of the sun in the cold as I start my ascent from Swirls

The Browncove Crags path

Blencathra in the distance from Browncove Crags

The way ahead to Helvellyn, there is a biting wind up here

Looking back, magical

Catstycam and Swirral Edge

Catstycam and Ullswater with the North Pennines in the far distance from Helvellyn's trig point

Red Tarn, Striding Edge and the far eastern fells

Looking south into the sun from next to Helvellyn's summit shelter

North from Helvellyn's summit

West from Helvellyn's summit

Great Gable, Pillar and the High Stile ridge in the distance


Bowfell to Pillar from Helvellyn

Skiddaw from Browncove Crags

My descent path, Thirlmere is far below

The sun has moved round and the slopes I'd ascended in the shade are now much warmer

Almost back down

Previous Walk: Mellbreak (Sat 12 Dec 2009)

Next Walk: Deepdale and Saint Sunday Crag (Sat 19 Dec 2009)

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