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.