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Helvellyn from Stanah

12th July 2015


Stanah - Sticks Pass - Raise - Whiteside - Helvellyn Lower Man - Helvellyn - Whiteside Bank - Brown Crag - Fisherplace Gill - Stanah

(about 7.5 miles 3200ft ascent)


Today was virtually a carbon copy of last weeks walk with the weather starting off warm but wet then the cloud lifting in the afternoon to give a lovely end to the day. Helvellyn the easy way was our walk today although easy meant no risk of falling of anything craggy because the first bit of the climb to Sticks Pass is very steep and soon we were all puffing and panting.

Setting of up Stanah Lane.

Waterfall in Stanah Gill.

We are just about at the " maximum green" time of year.Another month or so and the bracken should start to die off.

Thankfully the really steep path eases at the sheepfold but the weather worsened and the rain and cloud increased.

Nothing at all to see ( apart from big groups of challenge walkers heading the opposite way) as we passed over Raise and Whiteside

Climbing up to Helvellyn Lower Man we thought the sky was getting lighter.

And soon we have a view. Wythburn valley in this case.

And the lovely Harrop Tarn

That's more like it, even a bit of blue sky as we reach Helvellyn.

Sue looks out from Helvellyn summit.

Lovely clear view to the east over Red Tarn, Birkhouse Moor and Ullswater.

looking along the ridge to Nethermost Pike.

From Helvellyn we retraced our steps back the way we had come passing Catstycam on the way.

"Say cheese"

Walkers picking their way down Swirral Edge

 Looking back to Lower Man from the indistinct path across Whiteside Bank.

Sue looks across Thirlmere to High Seat.

This is the first time I have used this path and thought it was super especially when you round the corner and the views open up to the north.

Looking across to Pillar. The line at the bottom right is the old tramway from Honister.

Dropping down to Brown Crag

And looking across to Browncove Crags

We enjoyed a lovely few minutes sat in the sun on the nice top of Brown Crag

Hall's Fell ridge seen from the drop down from Brown Crag.

Thirlmere glistening in the sunshine.

Nearly back to the path junction at the bottom of Sticks Pass

Young sheep enjoying a sunbathe on what I bet was a lovely warm rock.

Last walk  - Fairfield Horseshoe  - Next walk - a round above Hartsop