Striding and Swirral loop
by johnbythell » Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:44 pm
Wainwrights included on this walk: Helvellyn
Hewitts included on this walk: Helvellyn
Date walked: 19/01/2020
Time taken: 4
Distance: 11.4 km
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I decided on a really early start to try to beat the crowds as the weather on Sunday was forecast to be enticing after several days of high winds and a decent amount of snowfall, so it was a 430 alarm call and I was setting of from the car park in Patterdale as the church bells sounded 7am.
Actually the nearest I came to an accident was walking up the road at the start, with black ice sneakily hidden in the dark.
It was a light covering of soft snow on the ridge, which was pretty slippery and meant for slow progress as I took it very gingerly (that's my excuse at least).
Somewhere along the descent from High Spying How, just before the 'bad step' I decided there was a bit too much snow for comfort and got my crampons on. Uncomfortable teetering around on the barely covered rock, but a lot safer.
A gorgeous morning out on the high fells today, and back in time for Sunday lunch!
by johnkaysleftleg » Wed Jan 22, 2020 10:13 pm
by trailmasher » Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:37 pm
by dav2930 » Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:27 pm
by johnbythell » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:56 pm
trailmasher wrote:A great winter's walk on a beautiful day with two fine ridges to boot. Great photos and report
Thanks, yep pretty stunning day. I'm hoping its not the only proper winter day I get out this year!
by johnbythell » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:58 pm
dav2930 wrote:You got some amazing pictures there. The classic winter circuit in the Lakes, with a nice coating of snow and extraordinary skies. I was on the Coledale fells on the Saturday but missed out on the Sunday which looks to have been by far the better of the two days. Nice one!
Thanks - you're right the skies were definitely the highlight!