Thursday 30th June 2011

 

Start Point : Glenridding (NY 386 169)

                   

Distance : 8.5 miles          Height Ascended : 950 metres

 

Route Map

 

 

Glenridding and a little light rain at the beginning of today's walk.

 

Sheffield Pike from the route alongside Mires Beck.

 

Birkhouse Moor's The Nab.

 

Height is rapidly gained on the path alongside Mires Beck and the view down Ullswater becomes more extensive.

 

Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes over Patterdale - part of the main High Street ridge silhouetted in the distance.

 

St Sunday Crag.

 

Looking towards Striding Edge and Helvellyn from Birkhouse Moor's summit cairn.

 

The northeasterly aspect from the summit of Birkhouse Moor.

 

Cloud continues to spill over Helvellyn but the next objective, Striding Edge, remains clear.

 

The Hole-in-the-Wall……………..

 

………………………..and again.

Helvellyn and a partial view of Striding Edge from near the Hole-in-the-Wall.

 

Light and dark.

 

Red Tarn cradled below Helvellyn and Catstycam.

 

Duncan negotiates Striding Edge.

 

 

 

Striding Edge.

 

The cloud begins to lift on the approach to Helvellyn - here looking across Nethermost Cove towards Fairfield.

 

Hetty monitors Duncan's progress.

 

Time for a breather.

 

Only a slight breeze today making progress easier.

 

Helvellyn summit now in view..........

 

…………………....but first a tricky scramble down the rock-chimney by the western extremity of Striding Edge.

 

Nethermost Pike.

 

A brighter view of Catstycam.

 

Striding Edge

(the rock-chimney can be seen below and just right of centre and the safer alternative snaking below the main ridge further to the right).

 

Striding Edge.

 

Striding Edge from the last little scramble to the top of Helvellyn……

 

……………………….and from the Gough Memorial.

 

Fines views of Raise and Catstycam over the Gough Memorail.

 

The northern fells from Helvellyn.

 

Kepple Cove.

 

Swirral Edge...........

 

.......less formidable than it looks - below to the left the remains of Kepple Cove dam.

 

Red Tarn and Striding Edge.

 

Swirral Edge and the route to Catstycam.

 

Hetty still keen to monitor Duncan's progress……………

 

...,..as he negotiates the last little scramble at the foot of Swirral Edge.

 

Raise.

 

Looking back to Swirral Edge.

 

A lone walker transits Striding Edge.

 

The summit of Catstycam and the view northeast.

 

Looking across the summit cairn to Striding Edge and beyond.

 

Helvellyn and Swirral Edge.

 

The northwestern fells over the dark rim of High Seat.

 

Helvellyn from Red Tarn.

 

The path adjacent to Red Tarn Beck is the descent route whilst a steady stream of walkers head in the opposite direction.

 

Catstycam.

 

Sheffield Pike.

 

A couple of Glenridding’s residents.