Height: 925 metres / 3033 feet Grid reference: NY 33744 15545
Start point: Lay by opposite Swirls Car Park (NY 315 170)
Distance: 6.3 miles Total Ascent: 920 metres Time Taken: 4 hours
Weather: Cold and clear with temperature inversion. 5°C
It ended up being a day of two halves with the weather, but I really couldn’t have expected anything better than the cold and clear weather complete with a temperature inversion that covered the whole of the south Lakes that I managed to see from the summit of Helvellyn. Later the inversion lifted and completely enveloped me making it a completely different walk during the latter stages.
Start point: Lay-by on the A591 (NY 316 173)
Distance: 5.6 miles Total Ascent: 860 metres Time Taken: 3 hours
Weather: Overcast but clear. 15ºC.
It has been fantastic over the last few weeks to receive so much support from everyone about our new venture in Bowness, both by e-mail and in person at the shop – really lovely to meet everyone who has visited. We all know that fell walking people are warm hearted! Special mention must be made of the Gunter family from Florida in the USA who have followed the site almost since the beginning – I would love to say they flew in specially to see me, but that’s not quite true although the whole family did make a special journey during their holidays to visit the shop – thanks for coming and I’m sorry I missed you that day.
Today’s walk was to Helvellyn for the second time during June; the reason for that was to climb my penultimate Birkett peak, Brown Crag. The clarity today was quite striking even though it was overcast with long clear views for mile after mile.
Start point: Wythburn (NY 324 136)
Distance: 8.2 miles Total Ascent: 1233 metres Time Taken: 3 hours 20 minutes
Weather: Misty and murky, valley level. Clear above 700m. 3°C.
The conditions looked right for a temperature inversion today, so I was determined to get high enough to get above the cloud. Thankfully I did and was rewarded with splendid views across the low lying clouds.
Start point: Glenridding car park (NY 385 169)
Glenridding – Glenridding Dodd (199) – Heron Pike (Glenridding) (200) – Sheffield Pike (201) – Sticks Pass – Raise (202) – White Side (203) – Helvellyn Lower Man (204) – Helvellyn – Swirral Edge – Catstycam – Glenridding
Today’s walk takes in a circuit of the Eastern Fells with a high point of Helvellyn. The weather wasn’t the best but a temperature inversion was always threatened but didn’t quite materialise, although there were some interesting views from Helvellyn.