“Striding Edge is the finest ridge there is in Lakeland, for walkers - it's traverse is always an exhilarating adventure in fair weather or foul, and it can be made easy or difficult according to choice”
One of the most spectacular mountaineering routes in England, the Striding Edge ridge is rightly extremely popular and famous.
In all but the best weather conditions the ridge can be daunting to the inexperienced and should not be underestimated! With it's high levels of exposure this exciting ridge is bound to get your adrenaline pumping.
Why not let our experienced instructors guide you safely, making the most of the rocky ridge to the summit of Helvellyn.
“Legend and poetry, a lovely name and a lofty altitude combine to encompass Helvellyn in an aura of romance”
One of the most spectacular walking routes in the Lake District, although not the longest it does involve a little exposure along the Striding Edge ridge.
From Glenridding we will climb the good paths to Lanty's Tarn where we will follow the ridge onto Birkhouse Moor with wonderful views of the crags along Striding Edge and Helvellyn and down in the opposite direction over Ullswater to the Eden Valley.
The route now follows the ridge climbing onto Striding Edge where we will follow the sharp ridge until the final steep climb to the summit of Helvellyn. From the summit we will descend over Swirral Edge to the summit of Catstycam where we will again have great views down to Ullswater and back across Red Tarn to Striding Edge.
A grassy descent from Catstycam will bring us down onto the main path to the old Greenside Mines and on to Glenridding.
Each participant will be required to bring suitable equipment for their chosen event, please see Kit List tab above.
Where To Meet
Where to meet:Outside Glenridding TIC Postcode:CA11 0PA Grid Reference:NY 386 169
From the South Lakes: From the A591 between Ambleside and Windermere turn onto the A592. Follow this road over the Kirkstone Pass descending to Brothers Water. Continue on this road to the village of Glenridding. A car park will be found to the left in the centre of the village, park here (pay and display) we will meet outside the Tourist Information Centre on the car park.
From the North Lakes: From the A66 between Keswick and Penrith turn off onto the A592, near the Rheged Centre, signposted to Ullswater, follow this road south along the shore of Ullswater to the village of Glenridding. A car park will be seen on the right (pay and display), just after the garage, we will meet outside the Tourist Information Centre in the car park.
Glenriddingis served by a seasonal bus service from Ambleside and a more regular service from Penrith.
Each participant is expected to bring suitable personal equipment for the event. This should include the following:
Summer Events: (November - March)
Walking shoes / Boots
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Winter Events: (April - October)
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Torch (preferably a headtorch)
Spare batteries for the above
Flask & Hot Drink
The Following equipment may also be useful if owned:
The following equipment will be provided by The Lake District Walker should winter conditions require:
Great walk - great guide Review by Simon
Super walk and well guided. Very reassuring across Striding Edge and patient with those who were less confident. Thank you! (Posted on 27/04/2017)
Made it over the edge! Review by Fitster
Ross was a great guide, interesting on the chats up the mountain, and reassuring over the scary bits. Would definitely recommend (Posted on 04/10/2016)
Brilliant day Review by Nicola
Big thank you to Adam for making the walk up Helvellyn and Striding Edge on Sunday good fun. Thoroughly enjoyed the scramble over Striding Edge then onto Helvellyn for views as far as the eye could see. Brilliant day. (Posted on 04/10/2016)
Challenging but Brilliant... Review by Mark
A great day out, brilliant and exhilirating, with a great sense of achievment at the end of the walk. I would definitely recommend using a guide for a challenging walk such as Striding Edge and Helvellyn as it gives confidence and motivation if the going gets a little tough.
Our walk guide, Rick, was very encouraging and patient. I would definitely use the services of The Lake District Walker again next time I am in the Lake District and want to enjoy one of the more challenging peaks. (Posted on 02/10/2016)
Helvellyn via Striding Edge Review by Helen and Laurence
Just wanted to thank our excellent guide Paul for his knowledge and calm reassurance when taking us up to Helvellyn via Striding Edge. I was a little uneasy about going along the narrow, jagged ridge before but felt completely safe and in control thanks to Paul. We both felt a sense of achievement and would definitely recommend it as a challenge. Cheers Helen and Laurence (Posted on 02/09/2016)
Great day on the hill Review by Angela
Brilliant day - finally got to do Striding edge. No views due to low cloud. This just added to the atmosphere. Definitely like to do it again - maybe with the views next time. (Posted on 30/08/2016)
Highly Recommended Review by Hadyn and Theo
We are not seasoned, experienced walkers so the Helvellyn & Striding Edge walk was an exciting challenge for us. Our guide Ross immediately put us at ease and throughout the walk he adapted the pace to our abilities and encouraged us with timely, patient advice. Walking with a guide also meant that we learned much about the geography, history and folklore of the area. We could not have had a better day and will not hesitate to book again with LD Walker next year. Thank you Ross! (Posted on 24/08/2016)
Sat 11th June to Helvellyn Review by Karen
I am sorry it has taken me over a week to send this but I just wanted to thank you and Leanda for the help you gave on the recent charity walk we did on Sat 11th June to Helvellyn.
All the guides were fantastic giving us all encouragement and guidance all the way. Paul was leading off my group and he was particularly helpful to a couple of members who were a little bit apprehensive and they have since said that they wouldn’t have managed to do it without Paul’s support and expertise. Please can you pass on my thanks - I wasn’t able to do so myself on the day as my daughter was unwell and I needed to quickly get her back to our hotel.
We are already talking about doing an annual event which would include a walk and I will certainly give you a call next year if we do so.
Many thanks once again.
Karen (Posted on 20/06/2016)
Thank you Review by Andrew, Robert and Pete
What a memorable day Thursday proved on Helvellyn. Thank you very much indeed for taking us along the top of the ridge. Our photos tell the tale spectacularly!
It was good to have your expertise and we look forward to joining you in the Lakes again one day.
Meanwhile we hope all continues to go well for your business.
Best regards, Andrew, Robert and Pete (Posted on 18/06/2016)
Fantastic Review by Amelia
Thank you so much for this fantastic experience. Have been wanting to hike up Helvellyn via Striding Edge for ages and the experience far surpassed my expectation. Our guide was excellent and so helpful in making this the best and safest experience. I have hike up lots of mountains but not done anything of this kind of exposure before and I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt that this was the best way to do it with an experienced, friendly and helpful guide. Think I'm hooked now!! - will be booking in for Sharp Edge and also coming back to do this walk again soon. Thank you again (Posted on 18/05/2016)
Helvellyn my 60th birthday treat! Review by Jill
As I have always wanted to climb Helvellyn on the Striding edge route my wife organised a guided walk through Lake District Walker for my 60th birthday. I was very impressed with the guide John who was friendly,professional and gave our group the confidence to tackle this awesome peak. We
were lucky to complete most of our climb in glorious autumn sunshine and John's extensive knowledge of the various routes enabled us to reach the summit before the low cloud came in to spoil the views! We also did Catstycam on the way down, a fabulous day which all three of us in the group thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks John . (Posted on 16/09/2015)
Thank you Review by Anna
Didn't get a chance to say thank you and goodbye to John and James today after a wonderful walk up Helvellyn and Striding Edge. Your guiding was excellent and I look forward to more of it in the spring. Good luck with the dissertation James. (Posted on 25/07/2015)
Striding Edge Review by Siobhan
If Ross hadn't told us it was his first walk with LD Walker as a guide we never would have known. He did a superb job of catering for all levels within the group. My friend is less experienced than I am in terms of mountain walking and was quite nervous going over Striding Edge but he made sure that she did so safely. I've done a fair bit of walking with groups, and he's one of the best guides I've come across so far. We both had a great day and will certainly book onto another walk next time we are up in the Lakes. (Posted on 19/07/2015)
Helvellyn - a fantastic day out Review by Angela
We've been walking in the Lakes for many years, and have conquered some of the higher peaks - Langdale Pikes, Fairfield Horseshoe, but somehow Helvellyn had always eluded us. After a 4 year break from visiting the Lakes we felt that this year would be the time that we had to do it, but weren't sure we could do it on our own. I found the Lake District Walker on the internet and was immediately impressed by the professional website, and the range of walks and events on offer. I booked the Helvellyn trip online and immediately received a confirmation email plus loads of information about the day. When the day came it was so sunny and quite warm, we couldn't believe our luck! Our guide was excellent company, we felt we were walking with an old friend. We're so glad we did the walk with him, he knew exactly the right way to tackle the more challenging parts of the walk. As a bonus, he was also happy to take photos for us with our camera so we have come back with a fantastic record of the day, where we're actually both in the photos, some of which are quite spectacular! We can't wait for our next visit to the Lakes and will be back in touch to arrange the Scafell Pike trip! (Posted on 01/07/2015)