Helm Crag The Lion and the Lamb
Although it was a lovely day, not quite as good as last Sunday and the light was certainly not Chrystal clear. Still, after looking at MWIS, which said it would be pretty blustery on the top I decided to head up towards Helm Crag. Via Ambleside. I have had awful trouble with a cheap back pack and was on a mission to buy a better one. Having borrowed a Women’s fit Burghaus last weekend, this was my first choice with Osprey, through recommendation, being second. Burghaus fell at the first hurdle when their main supplier in Ambleside, was closed until 10.30am. It was 9.45 and I had plans to be on a mountain by then!
So ventured into 3 other shops none had the required Burghaus but I did manage an Osprey women’s. So melting credit card required.
Thankfully it worked and I managed a two and a half hour hike with no aching shoulders.
So the walk commenced. I managed to park pretty much near the bottom of the hill close by Raise Beck Bridge. I took the direct route up, as I had not all day to enjoy, unfortunately. Although it looks straight up it does zigzag upwards, thanks to the National Trust. The views were fantastic, as usual, but it was pretty hazy and I am so pleased we walked up the Langdale pikes last week as Harrison Sickle was bathed in cloud today.
Down was a bit dicey as the path has suffered from erosion quite a lot. The track passes the totally uninspiring Wordsworth memorial stone but the path through the deciduous woodland at that point was a easy pretty stroll after the rocky hill.
Last bit was an eventful small road leading past some rather impressive male Herdwicks – the boys were back!