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Helvellyn's Shelter Repaired

After six decades of service the 60-year-old summit shelter on Helvellyn has been given a facelift by a team of Lake District National Park field rangers and volunteers.

The repair team at the newly tarted up summit shelter, 178 kb
The repair team at the newly tarted up summit shelter
© Lake District National Park

Seating stones were replaced and some pointing re-done.

Lake District National Park field ranger Tom Hrynkow, said:

'The country’s third highest mountain is a magnet for walkers and the 25ft cross-shaped stone shelter has been a much-used focal point and bolthole.'

'Taking in a panorama of awe-inspiring views, it is perfectly positioned to offer protection from conditions that can change rapidly at these heights.'

'Even on days when conditions in the valleys are benign, it can be a very different story on the tops. It’s impossible to know just how many people have been shielded from terrible weather, picnicked or bivvied overnight in the old stone structure.'

'Those volunteers 60 years ago certainly had foresight and skills. Bearing in mind the hammering it gets, there wasn’t too much to do to get it back into peak condition – hopefully it’s good now until 2074.'

 



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