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Around the edges of Hel

Around the edges of Hel


Postby lomondwalkers » Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:48 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Birkhouse Moor, Helvellyn

Hewitts included on this walk: Helvellyn

Date walked: 11/12/2013

Time taken: 4

Distance: 12 km

Ascent: 935m

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Crap weather was forecast for the Highlands, but with clearing skies forecast for the Lake District, a plan was hatched for my first adventure to the area for me. Helvellyn via Striding Edge has long been on my mountain bucket list, so there was no faffing about deciding where to go!! I left a dreich Central belt around 7am and had constant drizzle on the drive down until I got to the border. Then it was like someone was just pulling back a massive curtain just in time for the sun rising. By the time I was driving alongside Ullswater, the weather was beautiful, and I was absolutely buzzing.

There's plenty reports on the route, so not too many words from me, I'll just share some of the photos from my day, a December day that felt like summer until around 700m. It was pretty gusty along Striding Edge which made it a bit nervy, but care was taken as I slowly made my way across the crest. For me, it was like a mini Aonach Eagach and great fun. There are plenty of bypass paths if required. Returned via Swirral Edge, also good fun, Can't wait to get down for more in 2014. A truly stunning day in a stunning setting :D

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lomondwalkers
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Re: Around the edges of Hel

Postby SusieThePensioner » Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:31 pm

Glad you enjoyed your foray into the Lakes, Dave :D
Some really beautiful photos :thumbup:
The first one, of Ullswater, is taken from one of the laybys that I always stop at as I can manage to get down the steps there and walk by the shore :lol:
Hope to see you next time you're there!
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Re: Around the edges of Hel

Postby lomondwalkers » Sat Dec 21, 2013 10:13 pm

Cheers Susie. Loved my wee adventure to the Lakes. Will most definitely be back in 2014. Hopefully be better organised and spend a bit more time there. Would be good to see you :thumbup:
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Re: Around the edges of Hel

Postby alexpdjdj » Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:42 pm

Nice pics, looks like a better than than we had the week before!
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Re: Around the edges of Hel

Postby tomyboy73 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:10 pm

A nice wee escape there Dave, have been thinking of going down for a weekend this year sometime. Looks like you picked a cracker to do, might just do the same.
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Re: Around the edges of Hel

Postby L-Hiking » Sat Dec 28, 2013 10:02 pm

Some smashing plctures there

Thanks for sharing
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Re: Around the edges of Hel

Postby lomondwalkers » Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:30 pm

alexpdjdj wrote:Nice pics, looks like a better than than we had the week before!


Cheers Alex, I sure got lucky with that weather 8)

tomyboy73 wrote:A nice wee escape there Dave, have been thinking of going down for a weekend this year sometime. Looks like you picked a cracker to do, might just do the same.


Definitely save it for a good day Tommy, planning to go down and do Sharp Edge once Winters been and gone if you fancy it mate

L-Hiking wrote:Some smashing plctures there

Thanks for sharing


Cheers L-Hiking, it helps when the weather is kind for once :D
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Re: Around the edges of Hel

Postby ChrisW » Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:22 am

Fantastic pics of one of Englands finest LW, what a perfect day, there's no wonder you'll be heading back for more :wink:
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