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, although I did drop down the chimney at the end of the ‘Edge’. Once the cloud cleared a bit on the summit the views were superb, especially north to Skiddaw and west over the Langdales towards Bowfell. We took the same route back down as we came up, and looking back now I should have bagged Catstycam as well whilst I was up there to save a revisit.
|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!
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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
Low cloud hanging above Striding Edge as we cross the Hole in the Wall
Helvellyn summit with the low cloud clearing for a minute
Red Tarn beneath Helvellyn, Swirral Edge on the far side as we head up to High Spying How
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
Yours truly on the summit of Helvellyn
Cloud begins to lift, Coniston Water in the distance
Looking over Catstycam to Ullswater and the Pennines in the distance
Zoomed in on Skiddaw from Helvellyn
Looking back up Swirral Edge
Swirral Edge from the path down and heading now back to the Hole in the Wall
Place Fell at end of Grisedale from the path back down to Keldas.