Helvellyn

A combination of not having been up Helvellyn in the Lake District for a while, and never having cycled up it resulted in me giving this a go this weekend. Fair weather forecast and the last few weeks being very dry meant it should be a good trip out.

A quick spin down the road from Glenridding to Patterdale, and then it was uphill along the road along Grisedale, gradually turning into a track, and then (after the bridge) turning into a rock path heading upwards.

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On arriving at Grisedale Tarn, you’re confronted with that eerie feeling: you can hear voices, but can’t place them: straining eyes can just about pick out walkers on the other side of the water, but conditions mean you can hear them clearly.

 

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In any event, enough of dawdling, and time to now head steeply upwards up Dollywagon Pike. A beast of a climb that had me putting the bike on my shoulders to allow progress up the (many) steps.

 

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Once on top, despite a few ups-and-downs to come, essentially the hard work is done. The views are magnificent in every direction, and before long I’m at the summit of Helvellyn. It’s rather crowded, so just a quick rest and then onwards.

 

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A pleasant ride northwards eventually must come to an end, and it’s time to head down above Keppel Cove and to the mine workings above Glenridding, then a short and fast blast down to the car.

A great day out, another classic route on my “to do” list has been ticked off. Next time I might try the fat bike to see how it copes…

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