Walk                           :  Helvellyn (3,118ft) from Patterdale

Date                           :  31st August 2010

Weather                    :  Fair, variable cloud and dry

 

Distance                   : 5 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 2 hours to summit

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

The classic route from Patterdale that journeys up to the Hole in the Wall from the side of Birkhouse Moor and then traverses Striding Edge and returning

via Swirral Edge

 

 

The walk starts from St Patricks Church in Patterdale and follows a tarmac road that leads to the base of Birkhouse Moor seen here on the right

 

 

Looking down the Grisedale Valley towards Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike from the path up the side of Birkhouse Moor

 

 

Higher still and the bulk of Fairfield comes into view

 

 

Along the path now and Sue pauses for a breather

 

 

Ste, just before we approach the Hole in the Wall

 

 

After a long steady climb – The Hole in the Wall.

 

 

The first view of Helvellyn from the Hole in the Wall

 

 

From the hole in the wall make a left turn and climb up to High Spying How – the first rock tower at the start of Striding Edge. Here a shot of

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam across Red Tarn

 

 

The moderate scramble up to High Spying How

 

 

The full extent of Striding Edge

 

 

At the start of the Edge

 

 

On the Edge now and no turning back. For those not wishing to cross over the apex there is a side path lower down

 

 

Red Tarn and Swirral Edge

 

 

The Chimney at the end of Striding Edge that has to be negotiated before scaling the final pull up to the summit

 

 

At the top of the scramble to the summit and “Goughs Plaque” to commemorate the fatal accident in 1803 where Charles Gough fell to his death from

the Edge. His dog remained by his master’s side for nearly three months before he was found, and this inspired the poem “Fidelity” by William Wordsworth

 

 

On the summit looking over Red Tarn

 

 

Looking to Catstye Cam and the return route down Swirral Edge

 

 

Looking at Striding Edge from Swirral Edge

 

 

Back down on the valley floor now and the ridges of Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike

 

 

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