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Helvellyn from Stanah

29th October 2017

Route.  Stanah - Sticks pass - Raise - Whiteside - Lower Man - Helvellyn - Browncove Crags - Brown crag - Stanah ( about 7.5 miles 2800ft ascent )


 A really crisp Autumn day for a walk on an old favourite today although I did vary my descent a little


Blencathra seen through St. John's in the Vale


It's a steep start away from Stanah, but the view down to Thirlmere,


and across to Skiddaw take your mind off the climb.


 Lovely Autumn colour to the trees below Raven Crag.


The Lake Districts highest fells appear as you gain height..

Zooming in to Scafell Pike.

Wide view of Skiddaw and Blencathra with Great Calva in the middle.

The gradient eases but the view keeps expanding as you reach the sheepfold..


When you reach Sticks Pass it's worth descending  over the other side slightly for the view of Sheffield Pike, Ullswater and the fells beyond..


Lots of mountain bikers out today. These two enjoying the ride down to Sticks Pass..

On to Raise now. Not that I'm complaining about the sun, especially after the recent dull weather we have had but it was in our eyes and made pictures of our onward route a bit awkward..


  Heading for Helvellyn Lower Man..

The sun being so low did make for dramatic shadows though. Catstyecam and Swirral Edge in this case.

looking down Brown Cove to Glenridding.

Browncove Crags

Only the last gentle climb to the top to do now.

As the day has warmed the haze has returned.

Dramatic view of the cliffs of St.Sunday Crag filling the gap between Striding Edge and the steep pull to Helvellyn..

Red Tarn, with Striding Edge to the right and Birkhouse Moor beyond from Helvellyn top

Wythburn in the haze.

I have never descended ( or ascended ) over Browncove Crags so Sue and I parted company here and I walked along keeping as near to the edge as was safe.

I then cut across Helvellyn Gill and some rough country to meet up again on Brown Crag.

Browncove Crags with nice sky above from Brown Crag.

It's a gentle stroll up to Brown Crag from the back but the front is very rugged.

Castle Rock and Blencathra.

Skiddaw seen now in the fading light.

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