A winter’s evening

Friday has seen an idyllic evenings run over Helvellyn today. Apart from a little cloud which was clinging to the tops the weather was incredibly benign with virtually no wind. Compared to the far eastern fells, the central fells around Helvellyn are holding more snow in greater depth and to slightly lower elevations. Snow currently lies above about 575m, at this altitude it has been gradually thawing through the day, especially on south and south-east facing slopes but above 675m the cover is wide albeit a little shallow.

Currently there is a reasonable trod, but once on Birkhouse Moor, the trod was less defined, the snow relatively soft and with occasional deep post holes which made the going slightly harder.

Fell running in the Lake District

Perfect snow conditions. Running through the mirk on Striding Edge.

Fell running in the Lake District

Catstycam emerges through the cloud.

Fell running in the Lake District

Looking north to Raise from Swirral Edge

Fell running in the Lake District

As night falls, Helvellyn emerges from the clouds

Fell running in the Lake District

A crescent moon rides high over Helvellyn

Fell running in the Lake District

Dusk over St. Sunday Crag and Fairfield

Fell running in the Lake District

Days end on Helvellyn


About Richard Talbot

An accomplished fell-runner as well as being a keen climber and mountaineer. Since 2005 he has worked for the UK based manufacturer Mountain Equipment and is currently Director of Product. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 15 years.
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3 Responses to A winter’s evening

  1. shallwehike says:

    Wow, it looks so atmospheric. Did you come up Striding Edge itself?

    • Yes. Under the right snow conditions, Striding Edge is actually very runnable – arguably easier than wet conditions in Summer. That said its one of the few routes in the Lakes where I always carry a lightweight ice axe though…

      • shallwehike says:

        Oh that’s interesting, I’d assumed it would be harder in the snow. I’d love to hike it when it’s this snowy – I walked it one summer in mild weather but the views must be absolutely stunning in the snow!

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