Sun 30 Dec 2012

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

Distance: 4.75 miles

Ascent: 2,540ft

Time: 3 hours

With: On own


Wild, very very windy on the summit plateau. Forecast: Wind at 500m - 60 mph with gusts around 70mph close to the summits and over exposed ridges. Readings from Helvellyn summit at 11:45 by the fell top assessor: Temperature minus 1.6C, Wind chill minus 12.6C, Maximum wind speed 41.9mph, Average wind speed Westerly, 32.9mph

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Looking up towards Browncove Crags from the start of the walk

The view north as I gain height

Looking up to Browncove Crags

Skiddaw in the distance

View from 'Swirls Gate'

Looking west, Thirlmere now far below

White Side with the Dodds beyond and Blencathra in the far distance

Helvellyn Lower Man

Helvellyn summit

The summit shelter

Retracing my route I head back to Swirls

Steel Fell and the Wythburn valley

The top of Browncove Crags

Thirlmere on the left with Skiddaw and Blencathra in the distance

Back below the snow line

Previous Walk: Latrigg (Sat 29 Dec 2012)

Next Walk: Walla Crag (Tue 1 Jan 2013)

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