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Helvellyn - Brown Crag and the fells of the central ridge

22nd - 23rd January 2022

Route.22nd - Dunmail Raise - Raise Beck - Dollywagon fence post - Hellvelyn - Whiteside Bank - Brown Crag ( About 5.5  miles 2700ft ascent )

Route.23rd - Castlerigg - Walla Crag - Bleaberry Fell - High Seat - High Tove - Armboth Fell - Raven Crag - Legburthwaite ( About 8.5  miles 2300ft ascent )

The first night out on the fells this year for me this week, followed by a linear walk making use of Sue and Lynn's cars


I got the train and bus to the top of Dunmail Raise and the weather wasn't bad although everyone I met coming down from Helvellyn said it was very windy and cold on the tops.

I climbed up by Raise beck where in the shelter of the valley it was very calm and quite warm for January.


The upper most falls in Raise beck.

Looking back to Steel Fell. Beyond that the higher fells are well covered. 


I'm not really a fan of the Dollywagon zig - zags, I prefer to get the pain over quicker by climbing the direct route up by the wall. This is a look back from the climb, only a very fleeting sign of Seat Sandal which is directly ahead in the mist.


Eventually after a lot of huffing and puffing the Dollywagon fence post is reached.


The wind has died down a little but it is very cold on Helvellyn so I didn't hang around and made my way down over Helvellyn lower Man. I had planned to carry on to Raise and camp there but the wind had got up and I didn't fancy camping in full cloud cover so I made my way to Brown Crag.

And here is Brown Crag, it's a boggy approach but the top is very nice with some really useful rocks to shelter behind.


View down into the vale of Keswick from the top.

Nicely sheltered with a view of Thirlmere as well.

Looking back to the higher fells and conditions don't seem to be improving.

Fuller view of Thirlmere from the edge of the summit plateau..

After a quiet and not too cold night there is a nice morning sky over High Rigg, Skiddaw and Blencathra.

On my way down to meet Sue and Lynn at Legburthwaite now. High Seat where we will be later is the fell in the background.

Brown Crag seen from Legburthwaite. Sue and Lynn arrived and we left one car here and drove to the road leading up to Castlerigg campsite.

Unfortunately I think the process of getting my cold camera warm in the car then cold again as we were walking seemed to cause condensation on the lens so the pictures are a bit misty. Lovely view though across Derwentwater to Causey Pike in the Centre with Ard Crags to the left and Barrow and Outerside to the right.

Catbells and the Newland fells from Walla crag.

Bleaberry Fell is next in line from Walla Crag and it's not too far but there is a quite stiff climb to reach the top.

Looking back from Bleaberry Fell. Catbells and Newlands are having a few minutes of sunshine.

The view ahead to High Seat.

The sunshine has moved over to Threlkeld and the A66 corridor.

The view northwards from High Seat with the sunshine on the Dodds now.

I'd heard that slabs had been laid over the worst of the bogs and they certainly made the walk across to High Tove a lot easier and drier than it used to be.

It's still very wet walking down to Armboth Fell from High Tove though.

From Armboth Fell we made our way across country to the forest road and climbed our last top of the day, Raven Crag

Thirlmere with my campsite above from the walk back down to Sue's car

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