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I found a quiet day during the Christmas rush at the end of November and went out to Grasmere in the Lake District. There had been some snow and the mountain tops looked pretty. Very cold and windy, which made photographing difficult and encouraged me to do the circuit as quickly as I could to keep warm. Starting from Grasmere village I did a circuit starting up to Helm Crag and north and west along the ridge then dropping down into Easedale at it’s head and back along the valley bottom. It’s been a long time since I’ve been up there and I didn’t know how good the views were. Definitely a place for a return visit.

Helvellyn must be one of the most difficult Cumbrian mountains to photograph. From almost every angle it hides itself among other high tops. Some mountains are easily recognisable, some are iconic (think the Matterhorn) but even if you know the Lake District well can you picture Helvellyn in your mind’s eye? I’ll have to keep trying.


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