Wild Helvellyn

Sat 2 Feb 2008

Route: Wythburn - Comb Gill - Birk Side - Swallow Scarth - Helvellyn - Browncove Crags path - Swirls - forest path - Wythburn

Distance: 6.75 miles

Ascent: 3,000ft

Time: 4 hours 30 minutes

With: David Hall


Snow on the ground at all levels. VERY windy on the summit with lots of spindrift and verglas (ice) underfoot. The pitched path down to Swirls was very slippery with the compacted snow.

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Wythburn Church

Steel Fell and the Wythburn valley from above Wythburn church

Heading into Comb Gill

Comb Crags and Birk Side

Heading up the path out of Comb Gill onto Birk Side

Thirlmere from above Comb Gill

Looking over Thirlmere to the north western fells which are catching some sun

Looking over Steel Fell to Harrison Stickle and High Raise from Birk Side

Heading up Birk Side

Fighting the wind and spindrift on the way to Swallow Scarth

Helvellyn's cross shelter

The trig point at Helvellyn's summit

Looking towards the top of Browncove Crags

Looking back towards Helvellyn from above Browncove Crags

Thirlmere from the Swirls path

Looking down the Swirls path


Looking back up towards Browncove Crags

The footbridge over Helvellyn Gill with Raven Crag on the far side of Thirlmere

Helvellyn Gill

Looking down St John's in the Vale to Blencathra from Swirls

The permissive path from Swirls to Wythburn starts off along a forest track

Permissive path above Thirlmere

An old blue waymarker on the permissive path above Thirlmere

Footbridge across Mines Gill

You can see much more of Thirlmere after the recent felling

Steel Fell and the Wythburn valley from the permissive path

Previous Walk: Steel Knotts and Hallin Fell (Sun 27 Jan 2008)

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