Raise, White Side, Lower Man and Helvellyn

Date                    19/02/2005

Walks done by:  Jed & Susan

Weather:             Sunny to start. becoming overcast. Snow at times. Very very cold

Distance             7 miles.

Started at:          Stanah

Leaving Stanah we made the immediate steep ascent towards Sticks Pass with Stanah Gill to our left. After reaching a sheepfold the gradient began to ease off somewhat, all though it was too late to ease the problems Susan was having after the earlier bacon butty from a road side seller, (Paul and I have already suffered at his hands before). Soon we arrived at Sticks Pass col and turned right to make the short ascent to Raise summit. There was a crowd near the Ski Lift but there was not enough snow for them to be skiing. Raise was soon reached and then we began the descent and climb to White Side.

From White Side considerable height is lost before the long, but pleasant ascent up Lower Man begins. From Lower Man the climb to Helvellyn is easy. Our return route was back over Lower Man and down to the col between Lower Man and White Side and then taking a little used path down to Brown Crags and then the final steep descent to Stanah

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The start of the walk with the steep ascent to the right of Stanah Gill and along the right hand skyline


Thirlmere reservoir comes into view as we gain height

Skiddaw from the lower slopes


The steepest part is over as Stybarrow Dodd comes in to view


This is the reason why people fell walk. The glorious views north to Skiddaw and the Northwestern fells

The penguin wouldn't smile!!


Having reached Sticks Pass Ullswater to the east came into view

The view from Raise to lower Man and Helvellyn 

Susan on Raise summit


Raise summit with Skiddaw and Blencathrea in the distance

White Side and Little Man from Raise

Susan in snow on the slopes of White Side


The Vale of Keswick, the Solway Firth and Criffel from White Side


Me on White Side with Helvellyn to my right


The view to Lower Man and Helvellyn from the lower slopes of White Side


And Helvellyn from the same spot


Catstye Cam

Looking back down the ridge of Lower Man


Morecambe Bay from Lower Man


Susan and the view north to Skiddaw from Lower Man summit

Thirlmere and Bassenthwaite from Lower Man

This intrepid sole was descendind the very steep drop down to Brown Cove

Red Tarn and Striding Edge fro Helvellyn


Helvellyn summit


Susan on the summit with the Coniston Fells and Morecambe Bay beyond


Susan at Helvellyn's trig point


Me at the same place


Susan descending to Thirlmere - and it's just starting to snow


Nearly down - this is the view northwards to Skiddaw


Blencathra comes in to view as we descend


Waterfall near the foot of Helvellyn Gill


Fast flowing water and icicles


And back at Stanah - Susan with tiny pony, which later tried to eat her coat.