Lake District Striding Edge Classic

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Mountain Walks
Jun 01
2024

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£12.50
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Exposure, ridge walking, scrambling, about 850m of ascent.

An absolute classic Lakes walk from Patterdale taking in the famous Striding Edge to reach the summit of England's third highest peak, Helvellyn. This walk involves some grade 1 scrambling on steep ground on ascent and descent and is exposed in places. You will need a head for heights. It's about 8 miles and some 900m of ascent, taking in Catstye Cam summit too.

We will return via Swirral Edge.

Instead of heading out just after breakfast with the hoards of hikers, we'll be setting off around lunchtime. This way we won't feel like we're on a conveyor belt, where you can't pause to enjoy the drama of the landscape. We'll have time and space to enjoy it all to the max. 

As well as a ridge walk, which is exposed, for much (not all) of it there is a slightly lower path with exposure on just one side. There is a scramble from the end of the ridge up to Helvellyn's summit plateau.

Here, weather permitting, we can relax and enjoy panoramic, 360° views.

Returning via Swirral Edge requires a little more scrambling. It might be tempting to have a paddle in Red Tarn on the way back on a warm June afternoon (fingers crossed!!).

We should be back in Glenridding by about 6pm.

Anyone looking for overnight accommodation will have plenty of options in Glenridding and Patterdale, including hotel and BnB. For YHA accommodation try Patterdale or Helvellyn. There's a very handy camp site at Gillside Farm too, check out their website.

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All photos taken by Rob Mitchell and used with permission.