Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edges

Sat 6 May 2006

Route: Glenridding village - Mires Beck path - Birkhouse Moor - Hole-in-the-Wall - High Spying How - Striding Edge - Helvellyn - Swirral Edge - Catstycam - Red Tarn - Red Tarn Beck path - Glenridding valley - Glenridding village

Distance: 9.25 miles

Ascent: 3,020ft

Time: 5 hours 20 minutes

With: David Hall and Anne


Blue sky to start but high cloud building, a bit hazy, windy on the edges and summits.

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Heron Pike, Sheffield Pike's subsidiary top

Glenridding Dodd, Ullswater with Place Fell beyond and the village of Glenridding from the Mires Beck path

Striding Edge, Helvellyn and Catstycam from Birkhouse Moor's summit cairn

Place Fell from the Hole-in-the-Wall

Heading for High Spying How

Helvellyn and Red Tarn

Helvellyn from the path to High Spying How and the start of Striding Edge

High Spying How, Striding Edge and Helvellyn

Red Tarn with Catstycam on the far right

On Striding Edge

Striding Edge

Looking back towards High Spying How from Striding Edge

Striding Edge

Looking back down on Striding Edge from the climb to Helvellyn's summit

The cross shelter at Helvellyn's summit

Helvellyn's summit

The view west from Helvellyn's summit

Swirral Edge and Catstycam

Swirral Edge to Catstycam

Descending the top section of Swirral Edge

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Swirral Edge

Swirral Edge from the ascent of Catstycam

Raise and the Whiteside zig-zags from Catstycam's summit

Looking down into Brown Cove from Catstycam's summit

Helvellyn from Red Tarn

Sheffield Pike from the Red Tarn Beck path

Looking back towards the Greenside mines

Place Fell and the village of Glenridding from the path on the south side of Glenridding

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