Helvellyn

Helvellyn opinie, Kraina Jezior

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Paul1960_4
Benfleet, UK641 contributions
Good to be back!
kwi 2021 • Pary
It was my 61st birthday, and it had been 20 years since I first scaled this stunning mountain. I did it via Striding Edge and back down Swirral Edge, back then. This time, we decided to take the shorter, but steeper route from the car park half way along Thirlmere. Easy to follow, well-engineered path, then a Catbells-type path along to the summit. Stunning views from the top, especially when you have the weather on your side. There are many routes ... make sure you research the best one for you. Brilliant!
Written 23 kwietnia 2021
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Kate
Wesham, UK10 contributions
Fabulous Reward at the top!
lip 2020
I set myself the challenge of losing 4 stone and climbing a mountain during the first lockdown - Helvellyn seemed the most local and sufficiently strenuous mountain to fit the bill.
I came up from the Thirlmere car park and set off very early in the morning, it was stunningly beautiful all the way up even though it was steep and unrelenting. The views form the top are incredible.
The way down was actually harder on the legs than the way up as the path is steep and uneven although it is well kept and obvious so there is no chance of getting lost.
Don't try to do this in sandals or ballet flats - I was really glad of my boots, especially on the way down
Written 4 marca 2021
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Lani W
Chesterfield, UK22 contributions
Amazing Views over the lakes
paź 2020 • Znajomi
We parked at Swirls car park and took the route from there. A clear path the entire way up so not easy to get lost which is great for any beginner. (The post code tries to take you to a private drive way, the car park is a few hundred yards past this with a clear sign).

The route we took was fairly steep, it was okay on the way up but, the route back down was a little heavy on the Knees. Nevertheless, the hike was absolutely worth the amazing views from the summit.

You can see for miles, many of the great lakes including ullswater. You can even see the sea at a distance.

Have a look at my profile for more Lake District Views.

Written 31 stycznia 2021
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Paulina C
87 contributions
Great winter hike
gru 2020 • Pary
My husband and I hiked up the mountain when we came to the Lakes for a long weekend, and we were so lucky with the weather! We decided to come because we heard there was snow, but when set off from home in South West, storm Bella was at its peak so our hopes for snow and clear weather were low. How wrong were we! We decided to do the hike on Monday 28th and we set off from the car park whilst it was still dark, equipped with head torches, ice axes and crampons. We took the steeper path up, left from the fork, across the bridge and up along the wall, so we gained altitude pretty quickly and started seeing dusting that soon became an ankle deep cape of powdery and fresh snow. There was only one other couple apart from us on the mountain at that time to witness the sunrise, so everything looked so pristine and beautiful. Once the sun was up, the clouds parted and revealed the most beautiful clear blue sky which stayed with us for the rest of the day. We took on the Striding edge as the air was completely still with no wind at all, so even in snow and ice we felt comfortable to conquer it. By that point the mountain was quite busy as we caught up with the crowds that came up the path from the bottom of the lake. There were people who turned around because they didn’t have the right equipment, although we also saw many people in boots and no axes plowing ahead without problems. When we got to the peak we had a nice break and really enjoyed still and sunny, but frosty weather as any other time I we came here in the past it was very windy and cold. It was still chilly, but the sun and lack of wind made it really pleasant to sit down and take in the views. The air was so clear and visibility was insane - you could see the furthest mountain ranges, my husband pondered that it was maybe even Scotland. We went down the Swirral edge and it was quite tricky at places with piles of soft and powdery snow that made even crampons slide and skid down the edges of the rocks. I was very thankful for my axe at that point as I could hook it on a rock while looking for some steady ground for my feet. Once we got down to the path around the lake we took the crampons off and enjoyed a beautiful walk in sunshine along with many other people - it was very busy by then. We took the long winding path down the mountain, from the bottom of the lake. In terms of timings, we started at the car park at 7am, got to the bottom of the Striding edge around 10:15, to the peak at 11:30 and we were back at the car park around 14:15. It was a wonderful day on a mountain in weather conditions you don’t get to enjoy too often!
Written 30 grudnia 2020
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Edward S
Cambridge, UK17 contributions
Long walk with some rock climbing.
paź 2020
We did the walk from Glenridding car park via striding edge and unfortunately into very poor weather. it was super hard work in places and i get the feeling my partner may not have been quite so pleased to be doing it should we have been able to see the drop either side of us across striding edge however id love to do ti again to take in the proper view next time.

Not a walk for the light hearted but persevere and the hard work pays off.
Written 13 listopada 2020
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Iqbal
Londyn, UK47 contributions
Lads days trip
lis 2020 • Znajomi
First time doing such climbing up and down was a hell of an experience specially without no sleep travelling from London and straight upto the mountains. Wonderful and spectacular views. Pictures don’t do justice.
Written 12 listopada 2020
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Chris P
Stafford, UK17 contributions
Hard slog in cold northerly wind but worth it!
wrz 2020
Climbed Helvellyn from Thirlmere up the stone path along with hundreds of other wlakers converging on the summit from every direction. Going down as hard as going up because on nedd for concentration on where to place feet, and pressure on knees! (at 74 this is a factor!) Gretat views; friendly people and a great sense of achievement when we finally got down.
Written 28 września 2020
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Steve_Searle67
Chichester, UK84 contributions
Underestimate Helvellyn at your peril!
wrz 2020 • Pary
Let me start by saying my wife & I are very fit for our age & do a lot of walking.

Helvellyn is a beautiful climb set in scenery that will take your breath away. But if you are going to climb her in any circumstances please go prepared with the correct equipment.

We did the loop from Swirls car park which is 15km long. The ascent took us 1 hr 30 minutes but as we got half way up, despite a favourable weather forecast the cloud rolled in, the wind increased & the rain started. Within 5 minutes the visibility was reduced to 10 metres at best. We reached the summit but the weather was horrendous at best!!

The descent on the loop in poor visibility is hard. We had OS maps & a compass but it was difficult to pick up some of the paths. So much so we found ourselves staring over the edge of huge drops wondering where the hell we were!

Please make sure you have excellent waterproof boots as there are some boggy, marshy areas close to Grisedale Tarn. We witnessed some people attempting to walk in trainers which defies belief.

The descent took us 4 hours with a slight detour due to us missing a path in horrendous visibility. It is challenging and you must choose where you place your feet very carefully; it can get slippy on the rocks/stones. Once we escaped the low cloud the scenery is stunning.

Once you reach the bottom you will have to cross a stream which is quite fast-flowing but good fun. The final part of the loop back to the car park through the forest is lovely.

All in all don’t underestimate this particular walk. Plan for the weather changing despite our ‘friends’ at the Met Office saying it’ll be clear & sunny!! 🙄
Written 24 września 2020
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Lizzy L
Londyn, UK27 contributions
Great walk, fun scramble, stunning views
wrz 2020 • Pary
We parked at Glenridding and walked up Striding Edge and back along Swirral Edge. The route was beautiful and exciting, but not suitable for those really scared of heights.
Written 21 września 2020
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Jenny A
Sheffield, UK2 contributions
Thirlmere loop from Swirls car park
wrz 2020
I’ll start by saying that I am very much a mountain climbing novice - so this is largely a review for others like me who are on holiday in the lakes and think it might be fun to climb a mountain!

I didn’t have the stomach to attempt either of the edges, so after googling the easiest route, we decided to go with the Thirlmere loop from Swirls car park. At 10 miles, the distance seemed achievable, and no edges. Win.

The ascent is hard, but probably not much harder than you’d expect. It’s a solid two hour climb up a steep stept path. There’s a bit of scrambling towards the top. But even for a coward like me, it is achievable. I’m not unfit, but I’m also not massively fit, and it was a slog.

The view from the top was, as you’d expect, spectacular.

It was the descent that was 5 hours I wasn’t emotionally prepared for. While there are indeed no edges, the is a lot of very rocky, steep and technical downhill. I know it was my naivety, but I’d hope the longer distance down would make it an easier journey.

Things to note - you need waterproof shoes and / or plenty of spare socks! The path around the tarn is extremely swampy. You then spend an hour or so climbing down a waterfall. At the bottom, the route says there is a bridge. Actually now there are just signs of where a bridge once was. You will have to find somewhere suitable to ford the waterfall.

It is a beautiful, but exhausting walk. It took us 7 hours in total.

The car park is currently free (broken pay and display machine) and has free toilets.

Good luck.
Written 18 września 2020
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