Mountains in England & Wales starting with H
|Helvellyn (3000ft+) is the highest point of a long undulating ridge extending from Grisedale Tarn in the S to Clough Head overlooking the village of Threlkeld, in the Lake District (England). This ridge presents a continuous steep grassy slope to the W, but is broken into a series of craggy corries (‘coves’) with intervening ridges to the E. Ascent routes from the E and S show the topography to best advantage. Helvellyn has four ridges.
The S ridge runs over Nethermost Pike (891m) to Dollywagon Pike (845m). The NW ridge runs to Lower Man (925m) then divides into a NW ridge descending to Thirlmere and a N ridge continuing to Whiteside Bank and other tops ultimately finishing at Clough Head.
The NE ridge (Swirral Edge) connects to Catstye Cam (890m); and the E ridge (Striding Edge) is a fine rocky arête leading to High Spying How (860m contour), then continuing NE as a broad ridge to Birkhouse Moor (700m contour).
The ascent via Striding Edge is a popular Lakeland classic.
|High Raise (2500ft+) , in the Lake District (England), is just 2500 feet and its crag-free very gentle domed outlines from all angles makes it one of the least distinctive and least memorable. 1 km NNE of its summit is Greenup Edge, the col with Ullscarf (726m), and this can be reached by long easily-graded paths from Stonethwaite in Borrowdale, Wythburn at the S end of Thirlmere, and from Grasmere. However, the best approach is unquestionably from Langdale, 3.5 km to the S.
On this S side High Raise has some fine and craggy subsidiary tops in Pavey Arc (700m contour) which forms a precipitous craggy backdrop to Stickle Tarn; and especially in Harrison Stickle (736m), highest of the Langdale Pikes and an excellent viewpoint.
|High Stile (2500ft+) , together with subsidiary tops High Crag (744m) to ESE and Red Pike (755m) to WNW, forms the impressive and craggy SW wall of the Buttermere Valley, in the Lake District (England).
The main ridge falls SE beyond High Crag over Seat (561m) to Scarth Gap Pass (445m); and beyond Red Pike continues a further 4 km NW over Starling Dodd (633m) to Great Borne (616m). The S slope of the ridge falls steeply to the relatively remote forest of upper Ennerdale. The N slope is craggy between Red Pike and Scarth Gap Pass, and broken into 2 corries by short NNE ridges from Red Pike, High Stile and High Crag.
The traverse of these 3 tops from Buttermere makes a fine excursion with good views from the boulder-strewn summit ridge
|High Street (2500ft+) was the highest point on the ancient Roman road of the same name which ran in an almost straight line following the top of a long ridge from Windermere to Penrith, in the Lake District (England).
The summit of High Street is a long triangular N-S plateau and there are ridges to N, E, SE and SW. The steep W slope of the mountain forms the E wall of Hayswater Gill, a glacial valley of U-shaped section with a lake now enlarged into Hayswater reservoir. The SW ridge leads to Thornthwaite Crag (784m), from where it branches S (carrying ancient road) and N to enclose the W side of Hayswater Gill. NW of Thornthwaite Crag the slope descends to Threshthwaite Mouth (592m), which leads to Stony Cove Pike .
The N ridge of High Street (with ancient road) descends gently to Straits of Riggindale (714m), the col with the next fell that carried the old Roman road: Rampsgill Head (792m). From the col a path leads to Hartsop village on the the A592.
The E side of High Street is more impressive. The narrow and rocky E ridge, which is very steep-sided, runs over Rough Crag (628m) then down to Haweswater Reservoir, separating Riggindale (N) from Mardale (S). Between the E and SE ridges is a hanging glacial bowl containing Blea Water below a semicircle of crags. The SE ridge extends to the flat plateau of Mardale Ill Bell from where the ridge continues S then E to the Nan Bield Pass (629m).
High Street can be accessed from the A592 Ullswater to Troutbeck road to the W, and from remote Martindale at the end of a minor road beside Haweswater Reservoir to the E.