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Cam and enjoy Lakeland Peak

Posted 16 August 2012
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Cam and enjoy Lakeland Peak
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Visitors to the Lake District can enjoy a walk guided by national park rangers in early September that shows there is more to the Helvellyn range than the 3,117 ft peak itself.

On September 2nd the Catstycam via Red Tarn begins at the Ullswater Information Centre in Glenridding and ascends via Lanty's tarn towards the peak, a protruding ridge from Helvellyn standing 2,920 ft above sea level and overlooking Red Tarn.

As well as offering spectacular views down to Read Tarn and across Ullswater below, the peak is on the Wainwright's list, so baggers can tick another one off.

Taking six-and-a-half hours, the walk covers 7.4 miles and the authority states that appropriate footwear and walking equipment is needed as well as a packed lunch, so hiking boots, waterproofs, walking trousers and a rucksack will all be useful equipment.

Visitors taking the time to explore the Helvellyn area will soon discover how many more features there are to it than the main peak from which it takes its name.

For example, climbers ascending from the Thirlmere side will pass the summit of Helvellyn Lower Man on the way up, the second highest summit in the range at 3,025 ft, although not classified as a mountain in its own right.

However, along the ridge there are several other peaks classed as Wainwrights, with Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike to the south, while Whiteside and Raise lie to the north.

These can all be linked in a single ridge walk and notable features include smaller sheets of water apart from Red Tarn, such as the diminutive Hard Tarn and the remains of Keppel Cove Tarn, which used to be dammed until the structure burst in a storm in 1927, causing a catastrophic flood in Glenridding below.

Raise may also interest those keen on winter sports, as it is home to the Lake District Ski Club and has its own ski tow. Walkers and wintersports fans alike who are caught short on the hills may be delighted to learn that last year saw the installation of the second highest flushing toilet in England.