This aspect of the mountain includes other challenges not least the jagged Swirral Edge. Further mighty ridges rise abruptly from Nethermost and Ruthet Coves, shielding the wildest of hanging valleys, seldom visited by walkers, quite simply because the headwalls are formidably steep and unyielding.
Set back from the seductive beauties of Ullswater, the allure of Helvellyn draws the walker by steady paths too. One does not have to tackle the most challenging routes to reach and be rewarded by the summit, as the north-south spine of the range offers free-flowing strides fullest rein.
Ascend from upper Glenridding onto White Side and traverse right over the summit and south by Dollywaggon Pike to Grisedale Tarn and know this to be a welcoming mountain. Under snow, ice and fierce storm the fell becomes the complete and most forbidding mountain of peril. But on still, balmy summer days come and sense the joy of wandering upon a friendly giant.
by Mark Richards,
Presenter of Countrystride Podcasts, Linescape Artist, Author of the Cicerone Guidebooks for walkers and the Ullswater Way Guide. Look out for Mark's latest book, Ullswater Walking Companion, due to be published in September