14th May 2013
This was the year I decided to up the ante and visit the Lakes twice in a year. With Christine not wanting two walking holidays in one year I was on my own and it would be a B&B in Glenridding.
Today I would be heading up to Helvellyn via the exhilarating Striding Edge, I new Christine would not enjoy the scrambling and exposure of this walk so now was the ideal time to complete it.
The weather conditions were good at low level but at higher altitude there would be high winds with hail and icy underfoot.
Starting out from my B&B in Glenridding I headed up Keldas, past Lanty's Tarn before heading up the long slog to the Hole in the Wall, the access point to Striding Edge.
Striding Edge was as good as I had hoped, particularly the 30ft climb down The Chimney. The 400ft climb up to Helvellyn was not so enjoyable, a steep scree slope, physically very tiring. Once on the summit plateau although it was -2C and blowing a gail the walk became much easier with a nice stroll over Whiteside and Raise before descending via the lovely secluded and sheltered hanging valley of Sticks Gill.
What a great day on the fells, a bit of everything and a pint of Thatchers Gold in the Travellers Rest afterwards.
3 Wainwrights completed - 23 in total.
Helvellyn - 949 mts.
Whiteside - 863 mts.
Raise - 883 mts.