A superb walk up to Helvellyn via Striding Edge - the first time my mother has summited Helvellyn.
Date: 22nd September 2012 Distance: 16.1km (10.0 Miles) Parking: Small Car Park at Stybarrow
Start Location: Stybarrow Crag Ascent (m/ft): 1116m (3662ft) Weather:

Sunny

Time Started: 08:45 Highest Point: Helvellyn (950m/3118ft) Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 8 Hours        
Route: Stybarrow Crag - Glenridding - Gillside - Mires Beck - Birkhouse Moor (718m/2356ft) - High Spying How - Striding Edge - Helvellyn (950m/3118ft) - Swirral Edge - Red Tarn Beck - Glenridding - Stybarrow Crag

A stunning first sight for today with the mist gently rising from Ullswater.

A sight like this would make the whole walk worth while.

Starting our ascent up Birkhouse Moor.



Gaining height quickly.

Almost at Birkhouse Moor.

Looking to Helvellyn from the lower summit of Birkhouse Moor.

And again from the highest point on Birkhouse Moor. The path you can see in the centre is the one we will use for descent.

Helvellyn and Catstye Cam.

Breathtaking views down to Grisedale and over to Fairfield.

Striding Edge.

And an amazing view back to what we just crossed.

Cross Fell.

Blencathra way to the north.

An amazing view to Red Tarn and Ullswater.

Swirral Edge to Catstye Cam.