We’ve done a lot of walking in the first four months of 2014, and we only need six more Lakeland fells to hit our Wainwright target.

There are only seven 3,000ft summits in England and Wales we haven’t climbed, and as these are all in the same Welsh mountain range we have a plan to do them all in one huge trek.

Which just leaves twenty-seven more hills in our Trail 100 list.  We’re off to South Wales next to climb some more of these.  Neither of us have walked in this part of the country before .. both looking forward to some new scenery.



Sunday, 13 April 2014
3395ft/1035m ascent
Trail 100 #29
3000ft #19 & #20
Wainwright #128, #129 & #130

We set off alongside Glenridding Beck and passed a group of foreign visitors leaving the Youth Hostel, they pointed at the low clouds and asked if we expected to see anything from the top. Fortunately for us the wind quickly blew away the clouds as we followed the track up to the broken dam in Brown Cove, before climbing the steep North West ridge of Catstycam (2,920ft/890m).

Catstycam - North West RidgeCatstycam

Catstycam is a perfect pyramid of a mountain and from a distance the North West ridge looks like an impossible task, but there is a narrow path that winds up between the rocks. Buffeted by the wind we then set off carefully along Swirral Edge towards the towering cliffs of Helvellyn (3,117ft/950m).

Catstycam - Swirral EdgeSwirral Edge

The final stretch of the climb was tricky as the wind was blowing straight over the cliff and there was a short stretch of frozen snow.  The photo shows a group of walkers trying to stand up next to the trig pillar.

Helvellyn - Wind Dance

The return route took us over Helvellyn Lower Man (3,035ft/925m), White Side (2,831ft/863m) and Raise (2,897ft/883m), before following the Sticks Pass back to Glenridding.

Helvellyn - Trig Point

Helvellyn from Raise


From the car park in Glenridding (NY386169).

Helvellyn Route

3000ft Mountains in England and Wales

The Database of British and Irish Hills lists twenty-seven mountains over 3000 feet in England and Wales.  Our plan is to climb all of them by the end of 2014.  We’ve made a good start already – here is a list of the sixteen summits we completed earlier:

  • Snowdon – Yr Wyddfa
  • Snowdon – Crib y Ddysgl
  • Glyderau – Glyder Fawr
  • Glyderau – Glyder Fach
  • Scafell Pikes – Scafell Pike
  • Glyderau – Castell y Gwynt
  • Scafell Pikes – Scafell
  • Scafell Pikes – Symonds Knott
  • Scafell Pikes – Ill Crag
  • Scafell Pikes – Broad Crag
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw Middle Top
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw South Top
  • Snowdon – Crib Goch
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw North Top
  • Glyderau – Tryfan

Which leaves the two tops at Helvellyn, two more in the Glyderau and all seven Carneddau as our challenge for 2014.