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Monday, 25 August 2008

The view from Helvellyn

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Striding Edge, leading to Helvellyn

I've been away with the family in the heart of the beautiful English Lake District. We spent our time walking, taking in the views and breathing the fresh mountain air.

The big hike was up Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England. It took most of the day and involved some strenuous (for me) climbing. To get to the peak, you have to tackle Striding Edge. It's not for the faint hearted as you must scramble along the ridge and do a sharp descent at the end, before the final rocky climb to the summit.

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Looking back along Striding Edge

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Ahhh, the view from the top!

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Back to the food tomorrow.

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28 comments:

Sylvie said...

Wonderful, Nic. I love the Lakes and well done to getting to the top! For some reason my google reader has not been picking up your new posts.

chris said...

WOW!!!!!! What great pics Nic.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

How absolutely stunning!

Sue said...

Nic, that last picture of the vista is just breath-taking. If you don't mind I will save it to my computer.

Raquel said...

Beautiful pics, Nic! Glad you all had a lovely time! Much love, Raquel XO

Vanille said...

So peaceful ! Thanks for sharing with us.

Marie said...

I love the Lake District Nic. It's so beautiful there. I am in awe that you managed to climb all up all the way to the top of Helvellyn!!! That view sure looks worth it though!

Grace said...

what a breathtaking place. color me jealous. :)

CollyWolly said...

WOW!!! Absolutely breathtaking!! xx

LyB said...

Wow! Nic, what a view! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

Helen said...

Wow, that looks absolutely spell binding. I felt like that when I was in Iceland recently. What an incredible view - and you really worked for it!

farida said...

Beautiful pictures! Breathtaking view!

Aran said...

beautiful!

Dragon said...

Such wonderful views! I'm jealous.

Robin Sue said...

Wonderful! What a beautiful place. So nice that you got out to see some pretty sites. Thank you for sharing.

Jan said...

What fantastic pictures Nic - I love the lake District

Bellini Valli said...

My mom, dad and brother are headed to the Lake District October 1 for a month.I have never been myself but from what I have seen the view is gorgeous:D

Rosie said...

The Lakes are a lovely place to visit Nic! Absolutely stunning pics!

Rosie x

Tartelette said...

Looks like a wonderful place to relax and regroup! Wonderful!

Alexa said...

How beautiful... My older siblings visited there when I was a teen and I was so sad I wasn't allowed to go with them. Thanks for the gorgeous pictures.

nicisme said...

Sylvie - thanks and I surprised myself I must say!

Chris - thanks so much!

Sticky - it truly is!

Sue - thank you!

Raquel - we did have a lovely time!

Vanille - it was very peaceful...

Marie - it was hard, but oh so worth it!

Grace, CollyWolly and LyB - it is certainly breathtaking, but you don't have much breath left after the hours spent getting up there!

Helen - I would love to visit Iceland, maybe one day...

Farida, Aran and Dragon - thanks!

Robin Sue - the lakes are so beautiful, but it is also a really rainy area!

Jan - do you go up often?

Valli - how exciting for them! There are some terrific places to go while there, make sure they take their rain jackets!!

Rosie - thank you!

Tartlette - I would have liked to stay a little longer...

Alexa - oh that's too bad. I hope you get to go one day.

Antonia said...

What a wonderful view! Really breathtaking. The climb looks pretty hairy, I have to say - I'm most impressed.

Ann said...

Oh.My.Gosh. Stunning. Reminds me a bit of when I lived in Colorado. Oh how gloriously lovely!

Kevin said...

That is some nice scenery!

Trig said...

My parents have both walked the Striding Edge. It's one of the most dangerous places in Britain as the weather can suddenly close in when you are half way along. A woman died last week after falling from the Sharp Edge on Blencathra. Looks like you chose a day with much better weather.

Jeanne said...

Yikes - when they say "edge" they really mean it, don't they!! Not sure if I would have been brave enough... but good to know there are still some places left in Britain where health & safety concerns aren't all-consuming ;-)

Sam said...

I remember climbing Helvelyn a few years back, the views are fantastic, I was knackered by the end though!
I love your pictures they're fantastic, thanks for the nice comment on my blog.
Sam

nicisme said...

Antonia - it is hairy in some places!

Ann - my brother lives in Co. and I know how fabulous it is there!

Kevin - it sure is!

Trig - Our weather was pretty good.
I read about the woman, that's awful. We did the walk at the bottom of Blencathra and had to help a walker who had slipped off the Sharp Edge.

Jeanne - they really mean it!

Sam - welcome to my blog. thanks so much for your comment!