An English Lakeland Summer

In Day hikes, Great Britain, Mountains, Natural history by Richard0 Comments

Helvellyn from Striding Edge

Helvellyn from Striding Edge

 

On the way to Great Gable near the fell known as Brandreth

On the way to Great Gable near the fell known as Brandreth

 

Scrambling up the screes of Great Gable

Scrambling up the screes of Great Gable

 

The English Lake District has been well and truly on the tourist path for the last 150 years or so, yet although as a teenager I spent long expeditions collecting the area’s numerous waterfalls for a youthful (and finished but never-published) book documenting the complete waterfalls of England, last week was the first time I’ve ever climbed any of the peaks in the National Park. The extraordinary beauty of this area has been well documented since Tennyson’s time, of course, but in fine, sunny weather, and with the company of a few like-minded hikers, considering the tremendous rewards to reaped for relatively little effort, the Lake District’s peaks simply can’t be beat in my book. It’s simply fabulous up there!

 

Striding across Striding Edgae

Striding across Striding Edge

 

Below Blencathra (Saddleback)

Below Blencathra (Saddleback)

Sharp Edge, the most exciting ascent route up Blencathra

Sharp Edge, the most exciting ascent route up Blencathra

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Scrambling up the screes of Great Gable

Scrambling up the screes of Great Gable

Threading Nape's Needle, on Great Gable

Threading Nape’s Needle, on Great Gable

View from the summit of Helvellyn

View from the summit of Helvellyn

On Sharp Edge, Belencathra

On Sharp Edge, Belencathra

The screes of Great Gable

The screes of Great Gable

Near the summit of Helvellyn

Near the summit of Helvellyn

On top of Great Gable

On top of Great Gable

Sharp Edge from below

Sharp Edge from below

On Great Gable

On Great Gable

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Round the back of Great Gable

Round the back of Great Gable

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