Helvellyn & Striding Edge

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Helvellyn is situated centrally in the Lake District, and because of its plateau-like summit and it being the third highest mountain in England, it offers some of the best views the Lakes has to offer; on a clear day you can see not just the mountains in the National Park, but also those further afield in the Yorkshire Dales and even the Southern Uplands of Scotland. There are numerous routes up the mountain, and one possibility is to go up the famous Striding Edge, a grade 1 scramble.

Possible routes

  • Striding Edge from Patterdale: This scramble over a narrow rocky ridge is said to be one of the best in the Lake District and can provide the perfect route for if you want something a bit more challenging and maybe new, all under the expert guidance of an experienced mountain leader. There is also the option of descending via Swirral Edge, another grade 1 scramble. Despite its modest length of 15km (9 miles) and ascent of 985m (3250ft), this route gives you a real sense of achievement and is a brilliant full day out in the mountains.
  • Starting in Thirlmere: The ascent from Thirlmere is more gradual than others and is particularly pretty, with numerous waterfalls on the way up and down and finishing with a walk through a forest. It is a shorter day, at around 9km (5 miles) with 735m (2411ft) of ascent.

Gear you'll need

We will talk to you about specific kit requirements when you make a booking, but you can take a look here for general requirements.

Prices

These are our standard prices for the Helvellyn:
Activity 1-2 people 3-4 people 5-6 people 7+ people
Full day guided walk £100 £130 £150 £250
Get in touch for a quote for 10 people or more.

Other practicalities

We'll discuss other practicalities, such as meeting times and places, with you when you make a booking.

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