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




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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