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Posted: July 3, 2011 in Random
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Yesterday we planned to conquer Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. Unfortunately we didn’t quite make it as one of our party (me) was a letdown (was sick). We made to the top of Sty Head before aborting and heading back down the valley to Wasdale Head. Although we were initially disappointed at not reaching our intended destination, it made for a lovely summer walk, and it meant we finished earlier than expected, giving us valuable drinking time! Made the obligatory stop in the Wasdale Head Inn, then a stunning drive to Broughton in Furness along a remote road for a pint in the Manor Arms.

Wasdale is a truly beautiful part of the country. Each time I’ve been to the Lake District recently it’s just got better and better. Coniston, Ullswater, Derwent Water, Windermere, Grange, Grizedale, Kentmere, Helvellyn and now Wasdale Head. Best thing about it is it’s less than 2 hours drive from my house, so I’ve no excuse not to become a complete Lake District expert.

Here are some pics.

Trig Point at Helvellyn Summit

Trig Point at Helvellyn Summit

Cor blimey. I was duped into climbing up the 950m Lake District peak Helvellyn this weekend just gone. Helvellyn plus the legendary Striding Edge. About 750 metres up my partner turns to me and says “you do realise this is the hardest one don’t you?”, meaning the hardest Wainwright peak to conquer. This was just after the bulk of Striding Edge and just before having to climb up a very scree-ey, almost vertical part of the hill. Not fun. The descent was even less fun. But I’ve done it and I just thought I’d scare (ha ha) SHARE some pictures on the blog. You’ll see from the photos why I was happy to put myself through such abject torture.

Sca Fell on Saturday. Meep.