Helvellyn via Striding Edge

Our first major walk in the Lake District and one of the classics to boot, The weather was tricky across Striding Edge due to the drizzle and as a result we used a mix of staying to the ridge line and dropping occasionally to the path just below. Once the cloud cleared a bit on the summit the views were superb.

Start – Glenridding
Route – Glenridding – Keldas- Hole in the Wall- Striding Edge – Helvellyn – Swirral Edge – Hole in the Wall – Keldas – Glenridding
Distance – 8 miles     Start time – 10.00am     Time taken – 7 hrs    Highest Point – Helvellyn 950m
Weather – Mixed bag, dry, low cloud and drizzle on Striding Edge and Helvellyn which then cleared!
Helvellyn map

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Climbing to Keldas with views back to Glenridding and Ullswater

Climbing to Keldas with views back to Glenridding and Ullswater

Views along Grisedale to Dollywaggon Pike from the path to the Hole in the Wall

Views along Grisedale to Dollywaggon Pike from the path to the Hole in the Wall

Low cloud hanging above Striding Edge

Low cloud hanging above Striding Edge

Helvellyn summit withthe low cloud clearing for a minute

Helvellyn summit with the low cloud clearing for a minute

Red Tarn beneath Helvellyn, Swirral Edge on the far side

Red Tarn beneath Helvellyn, Swirral Edge on the far side

Looking back to Birkhouse Moor and the Hole in the Wall from the path up to Striding Edge

Looking back to Birkhouse Moor and the Hole in the Wall from the path up to Striding Edge

From the far end of Striding Edge looking back across Red Tarn to Birkhouse Moor and a section of Ullswater

From the far end of Striding Edge looking back across Red Tarn to Birkhouse Moor and a section of Ullswater

Yours truly on the summit of Helvellyn

Yours truly on the summit of Helvellyn

Cloud begins to lift, Coniston Water in the distance

Cloud begins to lift, Coniston Water in the distance

Looking over Catstycam to Ullswater and the Pennines in the distance

Looking over Catstycam to Ullswater and the Pennines in the distance

Striding Edge

Striding Edge

Zoomed in on Skiddaw from Helvellyn

Zoomed in on Skiddaw from Helvellyn

Looking back up Swirral Edge

Looking back up Swirral Edge

Swirral Edge from the path down and back to the Hole in the Wall

Swirral Edge from the path down and back to the Hole in the Wall

Place Fell at end of Grisedale from the path back down to Keldas.

Place Fell at end of Grisedale from the path back down to Keldas.