There was an amber weather warning for Grasmere this morning and looking out to a scene of very poor visibility suggested it may be right.
Cloud base was averaging around 300 metres and although just a slight breeze it didn't bode well for getting high. So we thought Helvellyn then! I think not.
We could see almost to the top of Helm Crag so decided we would do that. It had easily been 25 years since the last time i was up there and Sheila had never done it.
The initial walk out of Grasmere brought back memories of our Coast to Coast walk and gave good views of Helm Crag and the surrounding valley.
At one point we saw the top only to lose it again seconds later.
Much work has been done to the path which is a very popular one in the summer. Today however it was eerily quiet apart from the occasional Woodpecker chiseling.
We soon had to stop and take off a layer and it wasn't until we reached the top did we need to put our shells back on.
Just the odd patch of snow greeted us at the summit but most of it had already melted away. Temperature felt like it was well into minus figures but realistically it was probably around 1 degree C.
The wind was quite cutting and it didn't take long before we had to find some respite from it.
Looking across to Easdale Tarn in the gloom
Sheila just managing to stand up with Helvelyn somewhere in the background.The views downwards were great but the high fells were just a guess in the gloom. Helvelyn must be over there etc etc.
We could just make out Easdale Tarn but the onward ridge to Calf crag was invisible and although it is a relatively straightforward hike we thought better to wait for another day.
At the crag called The Howitzer we took a few photographs and was joined by another couple who quickly disappeared back down. I don't think they even took the time to look around this spectacular craggy place. And then a couple of fell runners passed us with a cheery hello.
Craggy top of Helm Crag
Approach to the HowitzerAs the rain/sleet started we headed off to find a sheltered place for a coffee and then retreated ourselves.
Just as we entered the tree line we spotted a Red Squirrel but it was away before we could take a photo of it. It was an unusually bright orange colour rather than the more deep reddish brown that i am used to, so it was a shame we missed it.
Our return back into Grasmere was a wet one but it didn't hammer down and the wind didn't become strong either.
Why the amber weather warning then? I don't know, but we had a good time and thankfully the knee was fine.
The following day was spectacular weather wise but we had to head back home, typical.
I took the following photo’s as we got on our way.
Harrison Stickle right - round the Crinkles to Pike O’Blisco left.
Wetherlam -left and Swirl How taken from Red Bank.
The Langdale Pikes from Wrynose Pass.
All photo’s taken with samsung Galaxy S3.