I met with Jayne at the Helvellyn YHA above Glenridding. Walking from here skips out the initial slog up the road from the valley floor, so a nice head start.
There was a cloud inversion, so we began our ascent towards Red Tarn shrouded in cloud, this helped keep us cool. Shortly before arriving at the tarn we broke through the cloud and were treated to wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, all cloaked in mist. After a brief rest at Red tarn and a chat with a friend, we continued towards Striding Edge. This is always a pleasure to traverse, but even more so during warm, sunny days like today. Due to the good weather, we paused a few times for photos, well why not.
Lunch on Helvellyn summit and a return via Swirral Edge brought us back to Red tarn, which was by now really quite busy with picnickers and swimmers.
Thanks for a grand day out Jayne.