A whole lot of hills! We enjoyed four days of hiking and a little relaxing while staying at the YHA Helvellyn Hostel near Glenridding in the Lake District, England. Thanks to some guidance from Mark’s godfather Malcolm—who works for the Ordinance Survey—we arrived with a great map and a good idea of the hikes we wanted.

So we climbed Helvellyn that very first afternoon. Then after a day of rest we took another long walk up to Grisedale Tarn and back along St. Sunday Crag, giving us amazing views of Helvellyn across the valley to the north. All this while being blessed with wonderful, clear weather! It really was “Heaven on earth,” as Malcolm had said.

The Lake District, England.

The Lake District, England.

The Lake District, England.

The Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Striding Edge up Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

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Hiking Helvellyn in the Lake District, England.

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The Lake District, England.

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Making dinner in the kitchen of our hostel in the Lake District, England

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Making dinner in the kitchen of our hostel in the Lake District, England

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The Lake District, England.

The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,

The Lake District, England.

The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,

Hiking St. Sunday Crag in the Lake District, England.

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Hiking St. Sunday Crag in the Lake District, England.

The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,

Hiking St. Sunday Crag in the Lake District, England.

The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,

Hiking St. Sunday Crag in the Lake District, England.

The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,

Hiking St. Sunday Crag in the Lake District, England.

The Lake District, Lake District, hiking, walking, walking holiday, England, hiking in England, walking the Lake District, what to see in England, Travel, Canon 5D Mark III, Helvellyn, YHA Hostel, Greenside, Greenside Lead Mine, Lower Man, climb Helvellyn,

Hiking St. Sunday Crag in the Lake District, England.

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Our beautiful hostel in the Lake District, England

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