A Frozen Red Tarn From Helvellyn



Helvellyn. The Lake District

Helvellyn is the 3rd highest point in England and has amazing views at the top. On a clear day you can see across to Yorkshire, the Solway Firth, Blackpool and North Wales. It’s a fairly difficult climb whichever route you take up. The most dangerous and famous route is via Striding Edge and Swirrel Edge. The jagged ridge climbs up alongside Red Tarn up to the peak. This route is only for more confident walkers as there are fatalities there most years.

A more gentle route up is from Thirlmere, there are a few places to start the walk e.g Wythburn or Swirls which zig-zag up the West Side of Helvellyn. Climbing from this side avoids climbing the edges. Whilst this route is safer, it is still icy in winter conditions.

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