"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."
The village of Patterdale is perfectly situated at the foot of Ullswater, surrounded on all other sides by high ground, the land to the east is topped by the grassy summit of High Street while to the west the fells climb over steep rough ground to the wonderful summits of Helvellyn & Fairfield.
Over the weekend we will climb two of the finest and most contrasting routes that the area has to offer, on Saturday we will climb High Street via Angle Tarn whilst on Sunday we will climb Helvellyn via the wonderful Striding Edge ridge.
"Any person so favoured may recline on the turf and witness, in his minds eye, a varied pageant of history."
High Street From Patterdale we will climb the track to Boredale Hause, the pass between Patterdale and Martindale where a good path will climb up alongside the Angletarn Pikes and Angle Tarn, several great smaller peaks can be climbed from this path including Brock Crags and Rest Dodd. The path climbs by The Knott to reach the old Roman Road along the summit ridge of High Street, we will follow the ridge to the summit of High Street, with wonderful views over Patterdale to the west and Riggindale and Haweswater to the East before continuing to the summit of Thornthwaite Crag.
A good ridge now descends north from Thornthwaite Crag over Gray Crag to the village of Hartsop. From here we will follow the track back along the valley to Patterdale.
Helvellyn & Striding Edge 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.
The weekend will be based in the villages of Patterdale and Glenridding, there is plenty of good accommodation available in both villages including two good Youth Hostels.
Each participant will be required to bring suitable equipment for their chosen event, please see Kit List Tab above.
Where to meet:
Directions will be available upon booking as a download file
Where To Meet
Where to meet:Outside the Wasdale Head Inn Postcode:CA20 1EX Grid Reference:NY 186 087
Gosforth can easily be found on the A595 road south of Egremont (An easy drive south from Cockermouth and Workington). Follow the road through the village, turning left as the road forks on the High Street.
Follow this road taking the left hand fork (avoiding Nether Wasdale) and follow the road signs for Wasdale Head and Wastwater.
When a junction is reached near the lake (Wastwater) turn left and follow this lane past the end of the lake until after two sharp bends a car park is seen on the right of the road, a short distance away from the Wasdale Head Inn. Park here and we will meet outside the Wasdale Head Inn.