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White Side

White Side



Grid Reference: NY 33780 16663
Height: 863 metres/2832 feet

"Skiers and sheep share a high regard for White Side."
A.W Wainwright

To the north of Helvellyn the ridge descends over Helvellyn Little Man, crossing the col above Brown Cove before climbing again, over a gentle slope to the summit of White Side, a gentle summit on most sides, but dropping steeply to the east into Keppel Cove.

During the summer months White Side is rarely seen as the days destination, merely a route to and from the more popular summit of Helvellyn to the south. During the winter however White Side can come alive, with skiers on it's gentle slopes and winter climbing in Keppel Cove and nearby on Brown Cove and Brown Cove Crags (strictly Brown Cove and Brown Cove Crags are not on White Side, but the summit of White Side provides a wonderful viewpoint over these crags.

 

  1. Looking back to Helvellyn from the ridge towards White Side

    The Helvellyn Ridge Walk: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long linear walk taking in all the summits along the main Helvellyn ridge north of Grasmere

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1330m / 4390ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Looking back to Helvellyn from Raise

    Helvellyn, White Side & Raise: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A great route climbing Helvellyn from the western slopes above Thirlmere, stunning views throughout and easy walking

    Distance: 18km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 920m / 3000ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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