Helvellyn and Striding Edge are English Lake District’s most challenging and famous fells.
This guide provides information on a strenuous walk that includes these iconic peaks.
Follow the track from the starting point and keep the river to your right.
At Grid Ref NY 379 168, veer left past the farm, turned right at NY 378 167, then left at NY 376 166 to head up the fallen side.
Stay on this path, keeping right at the fork, until you reach Hole-in-the-Wall at Grid Ref NY 359 155.
At Hole-in-the-Wall, take the left fork and begin the challenging ridge walk of Striding Edge.
You can either attempt to climb over the top of the ridge or choose one of the safer paths along the side of the ridge if you are a beginner.
At the end of the ridge, there is a steep rock face that leads to the summit of Helvellyn.
Be cautious during peak times as it can be crowded.
From the summit, enjoy the panoramic views of the Lake District and beyond towards the Pennines and Scotland.
You have several options for your descent.
You can follow your ascent route back down Striding Edge, attempt to cross Swirral Edge, which is on the opposite side of Red Tarn from Striding Edge, or consider a longer, more level route via Whiteside Bank (Grid Ref NY 337 166) and the path that zig-zags down Raise, before joining an old mining track at NY 352 165 that leads directly back to Glenridding.
Note that Swirral Edge has seen a high number of fatalities in recent years due to erosion.
Please note that this walk is unsuitable for inexperienced walkers.
Therefore, it is essential to be adequately equipped with appropriate clothing and footwear, a map and compass, and a fully charged mobile phone.
In conclusion, Helvellyn and Striding Edge provide a thrilling and rewarding challenge for experienced walkers, offering breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment.
Remember to respect the fell and the environment, and always follow the country code.
Estimated Total Time: 5 – 6 hours (for ascent and descent)
Ideal for: Adults with good physical fitness.
This guide should help you plan a safe, enjoyable, hard fell walk on Helvellyn & Striding Edge.
Remember to respect the environment and always put safety first. Happy hiking!
Disclaimer: Please note that every attempt has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided at the time of writing.However, it is essential to verify the information carefully before making any decisions based on the contents of this article.