Helvellyn (950 m/3117 ft), Sept 2008
Anthony (for part of the route), Dave and Trevor
- Swirls car park >
- Ascend to Helvellyn summit via Browncove Crags >
- Descend via Birk Side path (right hand path of three seen when leaving Helvellyn summit in a southerly direction) >
- Wythburn car park
Leaving Swirls car park.
One of two footbridges which need to be crossed at the start of the walk.
Gaining height (Thirlmere in the centre).
Another view down to Thirlmere taken from slightly higher up than the previous photo.
Browncove Crags ahead - the path steepens (considerably) as it strikes up the crags (top, right of centre), skirting their top.
On Browncove Crags path.
After the steep ascent of Browncove Crags, the track levels off as Helvellyn summit is approached.
Swirral edge and Catstye Cam (left).
Catstye Cam (centre) viewed from Helvellyn summit plateau.
Helvellyn summit plateau trig. point.
Red Tarn below.
Striding Edge viewed from Helvellyn summit plateau.
The (excellent) Helvellyn summit shelter. Time for a quick bite to eat, out of the wind, before starting the descent.
Coming off Photo 1: Though not as prolonged a steep gradient as our ascent route, the Birk Side path is moderately steep in places.
Coming off Photo 2: Looking back - beside gill after negotiating Comb Crags.
Coming off Photos 3 & 4: Looking down towards Thirlmere during descent.
Notes: A short ascent/descent route on England's 3rd highest mountain which took us 3.5 hours to complete, inclusive of a couple of 5 min. reclothing/rest breaks/chats with other climbers and with approximately 20 mins. being spent on Helvellyn summit. Hot and humid on the lower slopes, the temperature dropped considerably as the summit was approached on this late September climb. A hat was felt necessary near the summit and gloves borderline. While the going was tough on the moderately windy, steep ascent of Browncove Crags, good visibilty and dry conditions made this an enjoyable, albeit strenuous, in places, outing.
Photos copyright © 2008, Trev and Dave.