Sunrise Photography From Swirral Edge, Helvellyn. The Lake District
Sitting on top of a hill watching the sunrise is a pretty awesome experience, especially when you’re with your friends. This time we went big and headed up the 3rd highest mountain in England. Helvellyn.
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If you’ve watched my videos you’ve probably noticed a lack of people and that I’m fairly antisocial.
Running away into the mountains is my escape and what got me started in landscape photography.
It’s good to break your rules though and go out of your comfort zone. After a few months of talking online, we decided to head out in the Lakes to go watch a sunrise.
The initial plan was for 3 of us to go and climb, but a few drinks in the pub the night before led to the group expanding to 6 of us in total.
We started the walk from Patterdale and started our ascent up Helvellyn using the moonlight to guide our way (we had torches but didn’t need them.
It was an interesting experience;
I didn’t really know anybody.
We all felt a little worse for wear after the 3:30 am alarm.
It was warm enough for shorts and t-shirt at 4 am and we saw a badger on the side of the track on the way up.
It might be weird but I think I’m into it.
The plan was to climb up Striding Edge and then back down Swirral but on the way up it got pretty windy and some of the group were scared of heights so we made the decision to split at the hole in the wall.
Half went up Striding Edge, up to the top and then back down Swirral. We headed across to Red tarn and made our way up Swirral and soon decided that this was the spot for the sunrise.
The sunrise glow had filled the sky behind Catstye Cam leading right around to Striding Edge, so we sheltered from the wind behind the rocks and watched the sun begin to appear over the edge.
Sunrise over Red Tarn and Striding Edge
As we got comfy the view kept improving. Down below us, you could see Red Tarn and the clusters of tents scattered around the water as the wind ripped across creating waves and swirls of Water.
Up to the right, the silhouette of Striding Edge became more visible. You can see a person stood on the ridge taking in the view down in the Grisedale Valley.
Sunrise From Swirral Edge
The sun broke up above the horizon line, filling the valley with light and adding a warm glow onto my friends sitting below.
After this, we made our way back down to Patterdale and then to Elterwater for a swim and sunbathe. There are not many better ways to spend the day.
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