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Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbours

Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbours


Postby Petr Dakota » Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:56 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Birkhouse Moor, Birks, Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, St Sunday Crag

Hewitts included on this walk: Dollywaggon Pike, Fairfield, Helvellyn, St Sunday Crag

Date walked: 21/10/2016

Time taken: 6.52

Distance: 19.5 km

Ascent: 1534m

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Helvellyn was one of my goals for this year - especially via the Striding Edge. Living in Scotland, Munros are mostly my walking / climbing targets during a Year, but I love the variety of british mountains so at least once per Year ( since 2013 ) I am driving out to Lake District in England or to conquer North Wales - Snowdonia. Each of the areas is different and unique, but all the mountains shows us own specific beauty 8)
Friday was my day off work and the weather forecast looked more than promising for ( but not only ) Eastern Lake District :clap: End of the Year is almost here so I wanted use the opportunity to complete my goal. Prepared all my stuff I was looking forward to enjoy the autumnal colours on Helvellyn and some nearest neighbours - kept it opened how many more I would connect on my route, all depends on the time, circumstances and conditions ( mountains and mine :lol: )...so no stressed by the time so much as there is a lot of possibilities on the way which I can decide during the walk. The only limitation for me was the fact that because of week day I must be back home by 16:30 to care for my 4 years daughter Cheyenne. Fortunately the driving time from home is only 2 hours and 20 mins. which is less than some ( many ) Munro areas in Scotland....... or Snowdonia - of course :lol: :D :wink:



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Decided for start from Patterdale, arrived in darkness and after driving through the village and back found this car park...spacious enough, not so far from my planned start point and the price is affordable for all day :thumbup:

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Hope no need, but good to know :wink:

Crossed the road shortly after the mountain rescue towards Grisedale, followed the tarmac road...


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It says all...

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First ascent and the view of Grisedale

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The nice path

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I left the path and walked straight up steeper grassy slope - shortcut towards my 1st target Birkhouse Moor :roll: Looking back - Patterdale in the background

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The summit of Birkhouse Moor

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Towards East...

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...and towards West - Helvellyn ahead ! ...Catstyecam on the right :D

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Here you will get if you will follow the path from Patterdale. Birkhouse Moor in the distance now.

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Here you can decide if you will use Swirral Edge on the right - may include also Catstyecam...or the famous Striding Edge - keeping left

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Striding Edge chosen - of course ! :D

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On the ridge...You can chose the bay pass along - bottom on the right

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Looking back...

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Descended...

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Ascending Helvellyn and looking back towards the ridge again. St Sunday Crag in the distance over Grisedale

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Another views

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Towards St Sunday Crag and Fairfield

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On the top of Helvellyn

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Helvellyn summit ahead

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Closer.......

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The summit of Helvellyn

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Towards Catstyecam

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Summit selfie :)

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...and selftimer by my camera :lol:

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Interesting

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Looking back to the ridge...

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...zoomed a little bit...walkers on the ridge ?

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Yes ! Three walkers enjoying the views 8)

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Nethermost Pike...and the sheep

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St Sunday Crag

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Towards Dollywaggon Pike

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Towards West

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Grisedale and St Sunday Crag

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Grisedale again...

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Looking back to Helellyn

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Dollywaggon Pike summit

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Fairfield

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a local resident :D

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Grisedale Tarn

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Fairfield

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Dollywaggon Pike

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Seat Sandal from Fairfield

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Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn from Fairfield

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Fairfield summit

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The way ahead - St Sunday Crag over Cofa Pike

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Helvellyn and Striding Edge in the background

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The tricky descent...some care needed :roll:

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St Sunday Crag from Cofa Pike

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Looking back to Cofa Pike

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Cofa Pike and Fairfield

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St Sunday Crag closer...

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Looking back again

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Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn from St Sunday Crag

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The summit of St Sunday Crag

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The descent towards Birks

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Birks summit

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The final descent down to Patterdale, great view point towards Ullswater and Place Fell

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Looking back...

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Joined the tarmac road

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Last view from Patterdale...


Video from Striding Edge & Helvellyn:






It was a great day in the East part of Lake District, I enjoyed all the walk with the great views around...Such a Autumnal refreshment - something different from the Munros...for a change :D 8) :wink: :D
Last edited by Petr Dakota on Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:43 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby yellowbelly » Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:50 pm

Nice report Petr. It was a fabulous day, we were on Middle Dodd. Not a breath of wind.
Thanks for posting.
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby trailmasher » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:38 pm

Great report, photos, and video Petr :clap: Where are all the people :? I've never seen Helvellyn or Striding Edge so devoid of human life :crazy: Well done on a great walk :clap:
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Petr Dakota » Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:08 pm

yellowbelly wrote:Nice report Petr. It was a fabulous day, we were on Middle Dodd. Not a breath of wind.
Thanks for posting.

Thank you :) The weather was great, clear views, no wind, but not hot...ideal & fresh walking conditions :D
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Petr Dakota » Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:14 pm

trailmasher wrote:Great report, photos, and video Petr :clap: Where are all the people :? I've never seen Helvellyn or Striding Edge so devoid of human life :crazy: Well done on a great walk :clap:

Thank you very much :) That's the advantage of early starts - the hills are not busy at all early morning and catching sunrise is the bonus sometimes :D
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby dav2930 » Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:22 pm

Nice one Petr; a good round that. Nice photos and vid. I think I'll have to get into these early starts as it's always far too crowded when I'm on any of the popular fells! :roll:

Glad you enjoyed your day on Lakeland's Eastern fells. :clap:
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Oct 31, 2016 12:23 am

dav2930 wrote:Nice one Petr; a good round that. Nice photos and vid. I think I'll have to get into these early starts as it's always far too crowded when I'm on any of the popular fells! :roll:

Glad you enjoyed your day on Lakeland's Eastern fells. :clap:

Thank you Dave :) Once you will try the early starts you will love them :wink:
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby ChrisW » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:54 am

Fantastic hike Petr, no matter how often this one comes up (in it's various guises) it always leaves me longing. Your pictures and the great weather on the day left me with the same old feeling again, what a wonderful hike :clap: :clap:
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Happyfeet » Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:06 am

:clap: :D

Helvellyn was my first ever british mountain back in 1996......what can i say, i was hooked! Moved to the Lakes from Denmark 4 years later and lived there for 8 years :wink:
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:11 pm

ChrisW wrote:Fantastic hike Petr, no matter how often this one comes up (in it's various guises) it always leaves me longing. Your pictures and the great weather on the day left me with the same old feeling again, what a wonderful hike :clap: :clap:

Thank you Chris :) Hope one day in the future I will live my dream to hike in canadian mountains, your wonderful reports and photos shows the beauty there :clap:
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:24 pm

Happyfeet wrote::clap: :D

Helvellyn was my first ever british mountain back in 1996......what can i say, i was hooked! Moved to the Lakes from Denmark 4 years later and lived there for 8 years :wink:

Thank you Emmelie :) What a beautiful area and you lived there...wow ! :D I did not know about, glad I brought the memories to you by Helvellyn :wink:
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Alteknacker » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:57 pm

Great stuff, Petr. And serves to remind me to ensure it's high up the list next year. It's been in plan for quite some time, but the weather has always conspired against me. Next year we're hoping to join this up with a good few more over a couple of days, but we'll need weather like you had..!!
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Re: Autumn refreshment in Lake District: Helvellyn & neighbo

Postby Petr Dakota » Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:04 pm

Alteknacker wrote:Great stuff, Petr. And serves to remind me to ensure it's high up the list next year. It's been in plan for quite some time, but the weather has always conspired against me. Next year we're hoping to join this up with a good few more over a couple of days, but we'll need weather like you had..!!

Thank you :) I wish you have the weather at least so good as I had, hope everything will play for you on your trip there. Many hills around there and a lot of route options so you can do as much as you want :D I was just limited by the time, like usually on my week-days trips :roll: :wink:
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