PICTURES AND TRIP REPORTS FROM MY WALKS IN THE ENGLISH LAKE DISTRICT
A short in miles but quite long in ascent outing today taking in the two tops on the Helvellyn ridge missing from our 4/3 Wainwright round.
Always nice to have a sign confirming you're in the right place.
Once past the farm the path is pretty steep and you soon get a view over the top of Raven Crag to High Seat on the left and Bleaberry fell on the right.
And not a lot further till you have a view all the way to the Scafell Pikes.
Looking down onto Castle Rock. The point of Lonscale Fell's east top above the valley of the Glenderaterra and the lower slopes of Blease fell form the background.
Another look over the fells of the central ridge to the distinctive outline of Ill Crag on the left to the even more distinctive outline of Great Gable on the right.
Nearly at the large sheepfold now where the climbing becomes a bit more gentle.
It's become quite a nice day now especially looking northwards to Skiddaw.
Although a shower looks to be travelling along Borrowdale.
Looking further to the south west now and Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Esk Pike are in a line from the left.
We turn right at the cross roads and start the climb to Raise.
Ullswater from Sticks pass.
The highest ground in England seen from Raise.
The bad weather seems to be passing us by for now. This is the view eastwards from Raise.
On to White Side and we have a view of Catstyecam and Helvellyn.
Looking back along the ridge past Raise to Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd and Great Dodd.
The bad weather is coming across Thirlmere and towards us.
A very strange hailstorm as it was not at all cold and felt more like we were being bombarded with little polystyrene balls.
The weather seemed to be deteriorating and we also felt a little lazy so we decided against carrying on to Helvellyn so turned down below White Side heading for home. Passing below Helvellyn Little man and Browncove Crags on the way.
It looks fine over in Borrowdale now but we are getting a more traditional hailstorm.
I'm glad we decided against carrying on.
It's still clear to the north though as we descend to Brown Crag.
In fact Skiddaw is having a moment in the sun with no cloud on the top.