Start point: Wythburn (NY 324 136)

Wythburn – Birk Side – Nethermost Pike – High Crag Dollywaggon Pike Nethermost Pike Helvellyn  – Wythburn

Distance: 7.2 miles    Total Ascent: 1018 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 10 minutes     Start Time: 06:45

Weather: Freezing, some cloud and a strong cold wind. 0ºC

Today seemed to be the best bet for some decent wintry weather with the forecast showing wet and windy for pretty much the remainder of the week. It is always a bit of a leap of faith setting off up to the fells in the dark and hoping that the weather will be okay when you get to the top. Perhaps it wasn’t as fabulous as I hoped it may have been but still it was a great walk along the frozen Helvellyn ridge. That wind was bitingly cold up there yet at valley level it was as still as could be, especially to the south as you will see in the photos. There wasn’t a soul around this early and on such a day and it was quite special to have a sunrise and Helvellyn all to myself.

Helvellyn Map

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