Start point: Wythburn (NY 324 136)

Wythburn – Birk Side – Nethermost Pike Helvellyn – Birk Side – Wythburn

Distance: 4.7 miles    Total Ascent: 813 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: F-f-f-freezing. -2ºC

I have wanted to get up to Helvellyn for a decent sunrise for a good while so today seemed a good day for it with it being nearly the shortest day and the sunrise being relatively late. It was cold and clear (and dark) when I set off from Wythburn and conditions were pretty extreme when I made it to the top…

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