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Helvellyn from the West

Helvellyn from the West

Postby Broggy1 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:23 pm

Wainwrights included on this walk: Helvellyn, White Side

Hewitts included on this walk: Helvellyn, White Side

Date walked: 25/09/2017

Time taken: 2.1

Distance: 9.58 km

Ascent: 942m

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The weather didn't look promising at all on Monday morning so I had a lazy morning before a speculative drive into the Lakes - looking for something quick to break the journey home up.

Low cloud everywhere so just decided to do Helvellyn via the popular Swirls path - a first for me as I almost always climb Helvellyn from the East.

A steep but easy and straightforward walk on a well made path was entirely suitable for the day with the added bonus of the cloud breaking up at the summit.

Warm throughout with very little wind and extremely pleasant on the top.

1 unpromising start Swirls Car Park.JPG
Starting off from Swirls Car Park

2 Up towards Brown Cove Crags.JPG
Browncove Crags in view

3 Clouds breaking higher up.JPG
Most the cloud build up is below me now

4 Helvellyn Summitin view.JPG
Helvellyn summit in view and clear!

5 Red Tarn below.JPG
Red Tarn below

6 Lovely conditions on top.JPG
Gorgeous conditions on the summit

7 Catsyecam.JPG
Swirral Edge and Catstyecam

8 BC Crags.JPG
Browncove Crags again

9 Whiteside ahead.JPG
Whiteside ahead

10 Back to Helvellyn - briiliant cloud build up.JPG
Back to Lower Man - brilliant cloud build up on the Eastern side now

11 Raise should be head.JPG
Raise should be ahead here. I originally thought I'd go over Raise and down via Sticks Pass but as the weather looked rubbish over there I decided to drop down from Whiteside.

12 Descent.JPG
Descending with Brown Crag ahead

13 Whiteside behind Brown Pike.JPG
Whiteside behind Brown Crag

14 Contouring back to Swirls.JPG
I lost the path after this and had to take a route one route down the hill before eventually joining with the old pony path and then the good contouring path back to Swirls Car Park
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