This was a 5-hour trek covering 9 miles in heavy rain and wind. The weather spoiled my plans to climb Helvellyn, the highest peak in the area, and to descend via striding edge, a narrow arête. The peak, itself, would be bad enough in poor weather; striding edge would be unsafe in wet conditions..
The alternative route involves a steadyclimb of 1500 feet alongside Little Tongue Gill to Grisedale Tarn, followed by a steady 1200 feet descent to Ullswater following the course of Grisedale Beck, on the other side of the saddle. The trails on both sides of the tarn were flowing streams. Notwithstanding the conditions, there were several dozen hikers on the trails.
The rain let up only several times, allowing me to remove my camera from its protective plastic bag and take only a few pictures.