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Helvellyn and Striding Edge Lake District WALKING - Walks - Helvellyn - Striding and Swirral Edge

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It is recommended that you console your map of the area you intend to walk in for the correct route as the walks mentioned are an overview.

Helvellyn is the most popular of all Lake Districts peaks.

The main difficulty is that there is exposure along Striding Edge and also on Swirral Edge must have an head for heights.


Highest Point: 950m/3118ft

Distance: 12km/7.5miles

Time: 4.5hrs

Starting/Finish Point:
The car park at - GLENRIDDING

Helvellyn Route Map

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GLENRIDDING - Starting point and Finish

Striding EdgeFrom the car park turn right then right again now you will have the Glenridding Beck on your right continue up the lane passing houses on your right and left.

Ignore the path up to Lanty's Tarn continuing going forward until you reach Rattlebeck Bridge on your right which straddles Glenridding Beck [do not cross the bridge]. Turn left with the caravan site on your right slightly behind you and continue upwards on the track through the fell wall.

Bearing left to cross Mires Beck and start to make an ascent up to Little Cove to a stone wall running along the shoulder above.

From here the path follows the wall to take you onto Birkhouse Moor where the ridge can be boggy eventually arriving at the Hole-in-the-Wall. Looking forward to your right you will see Catstycam to the left Swirral Edge the route later on in the day to descend.

Striding Edge In The ForegroundOver the stile and head forward to the rocky features ahead that takes you to the start of Striding Edge avoiding the path to the right to Red Tarn and Catstycam.

The ground will become steep on both sides with Red Tarn on your right in front and Nethermost Cove on your left in front. The best way to cross Striding Edge is to keep to crest of the ridge, there is a path below the ridge if required. The most difficult part comes where the ridge descends sharply where a little scrambling is required before the final climb to the summit.

Looking Down On Red TarnFrom the shelter heading northwards along the rim of the summit plateau passing the trig point arriving onto the top of Swirral Edge, suddenly there is a drop and looks steep and exposed. It is not as bad has it sounds then suddenly the going gets easier after the first section.

Continue along the ridge until you arrive at the Col. then ascend the last section onto Catstcam. From here descend down the faint path on the east ridge down to Red Tarn Beck where it joins the main path.

Red Tarn And Striding Edge In WinterFollow the path down with Red Tarn Beck on your right into the head of Glenridding eventually crossing over Red Tarn Beck on a footbridge and then eventually crossing Glenridding Beck over another footbridge and passing the Youth Hostel to Greenside Road soon arriving at Traveller's Rest with the car park being on the right.


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Disclaimer - Climbing, Fell Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Watersports and other Activities can be extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disability or even loss of life. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own involvement and Lake District Let's Go can not be held responsible. Always seek advice and information.


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