Lake District walks - Helvellyn ridge

Here are some pictures of Striding Edge, taken from the ridge above.

and this looks straight down Striding Edge from near the top of Helvellyn. Here you can see most of the path - although some hardy souls insist upon traversing the whole route right on the skyline, as in the pictures above. There is only one slightly difficult scramble, the "Bad Step" right at the near end of the picture below.

Just behind the camera is a plaque commemorating the occasion in the early 19th century when a man's skeleton was found near Red Tarn, with his dog still guarding it faithfully some three months after the man was reported missing. I told Samba and Sophie about this, and they couldn't understand the fuss: "but that's what dogs do, isn't it?" they said...

From the top of Helvellyn, these are pictures of Red Tarn, to the north of Striding Edge, and Catstye Cam, with Ullswater in the distance.

The first picture is of Swirral Edge, which connects Catstye Cam to Helvellyn, on the right. The second is from the same spot, looking over Helvellyn Lower Man to Thirlmere. And the third looks down past Catstye Cam again towards Ullswater.

Here's what you see from the top of Clough Head, at the northern end of the ridge. The first picture looks north across Threlkeld to Blencathra, the second north-west to Skiddaw, and the third west towards Derwentwater and the north-western fells

Here is most of the walk in one picture, from Clough Head on the left up to Helvellyn and beyond, on the right. The picture was taken from Brundholme Woods under Latrigg.

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