Friday, 11 June 2010


On holiday again in beautiful Lakeland. "Surely there is no other place in this whole wonderful world quite like Lakeland, no other so exquisitely lovely, no other so charming. "
Day one Sun 6th June. We decide to tackle Helvellyn at 3118 feet the 3rd highest peak in Lakeland. There is no doubt that Helvellyn is climbed more often than any other mountain in the lakes. From our base in Glenridding we climb Birkhouse Moor. This look back down to Glenridding and Ullswater shows how murky the day is.

At the top of Birkhouse Moor comes Striding Edge. The most exhilarating quarter mile in the Lake District. As you can see here mist ascended upon us so lessened the nerves, you knew the cataclysmic drops either side were there but all you could see was cloud.

This is how it really looks, the picture of me above was taken at the far end.

Indeed nerves were more spiked when the first thing you see on climbing the ridge is the monument to Robert Dixon who fell to his death.

Forty Five minutes of balance along the Edge and Helvellyn is defeated.

Unless there is a dog on Scafell or Scafell Pike i am the highest dog in England, but if not Scafell Pike is Wednesdays challenge. A descent down Nethermost Pike a leg pounding walk only cooled by a dip in Grisedale Tarn.

After that another mountain St Sunday Crag at 2756 feet stands in the way of the intrepid explorers and the pub.

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