Helvellyn and others from Patterdale
by MiniRambo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:44 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Raise, St Sunday Crag, White Side
Hewitts included on this walk: Dollywaggon Pike, Helvellyn, Raise, St Sunday Crag, White Side
Date walked: 21/04/2011
Time taken: 8.5
Distance: 20 km
Ascent: 1349mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Parked at Patterdale and walking by 10.10am.
Set off along the road towards Glenridding. Through the car park and up the road towards Greenside mine.
At the fell gate, took the path to the right, climbing steeply along a zig-zag path high above the mine. Had a quick break to take on fluid on what was a hot and sultery day. Instead of our intended route to Sticks Pass, we climbed the broad ridge of Raise, passed the ski lift tow and eventually reaching the summit at about 12.30.
As we looked towards Helvellyn, the broad path would lead us over White Side and Helvellyn Lower Man. It became apparent that this being Easter and with lovely warm weather, there would be a multitude of hillgoers at the top of Helvellyn. In fact, we could see many, like ants, making their way along both Swirral Edge and Striding Edge.
With the summit of Helvellyn attained, we managed to get a seat at the shelter cairn and enjoyed our sandwiches in glorious sunshine.
As we set off again, the rest of the ridge lay in front of us. First, we dropped down to the low point between Helvellyn and Nethermost Pike before climbing back up to a fairly level plateau, eventually reaching the summit itself.
After stopping for a quick summit pic, we continued to the next peak, Dolloywagon Pike. We had good views to the nearest peaks, St Sunday Crag and Fairfield, but other distant hills remained obscured by the hazy/smoggy air.
We dropped down off Dollywagon to Grisedale tarn, an idilic place where a number of other walkers were either soaking up the atmosphere or soaking their feet in the water. Given this, not sure it was a good idea to fill our bottles with the water at the outlet stream, but better than dehydration!!
From here, it was easy to see the obvious path climbing gradually up the side of St Sunday Crag, our final peak of the day. Although my legs and feet were beginning to hurt, I made good time to the top with only a couple of breaks for photos. I waited for Peter and John to arrive for 20 minutes or so and with it being so warm took the opportunity to top up the tan. Not bad for the middle of April in the Lake District!!
Continued down from the top in the direction of Patterdale with great views down Ullswater. Eventually reached the car at about 6.30pm having had a very enjoyable day in the hills.
by ChrisW » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:50 pm
by MiniRambo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:08 pm
by skuk007 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:11 pm
I'm stopping in the Lakes for a couple of days on route to Torridon in August and was looking for a nice route to stretch the legs, this will do nicely.
by susanmyatt » Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:35 pm
by gaffr » Sat May 07, 2011 4:47 pm
by stixrooster » Wed May 11, 2011 10:25 am
by canisp » Fri May 13, 2011 9:55 am
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