Helvellyn and Striding Edge

This is a chance to explore Adventure Peaks Lake District Guided Walk of Helvellyn & Striding Edge. This mythical mountain, standing at 950m, is one of the great mountains of the Lake District. Helvellyn offers walkers the chance to step back in time to rocky terrain and narrow glaciated edges. It is one of England’s four 3000 ft summits and is home of the best ridge walk in Britain – Striding Edge. Referenced by the poet William Wordsworth in his work ‘Fidelity’, the flat summit plateau is a great place to take in the stunning views in every direction.

We begin our walk in Glenridding and make our way up to Birkhouse Moor. From here we head to Striding Edge and walk Helvellyn’s awesome ridge to the Summit. We cross the plateau to Nethermost Pike and then descend down Swirral Edge. From here we summit Catstye Cam before returning to Glenridding.

Guided Walk Overview

  • Height: 950m / 3,116ft
  • Distance: 15km / 9.32 Miles
  • Time: 5-6 Hours
  • Grade: Hard/Exposure

Equipment Needed

  • Walking Boots
  • Waterproof Jacket and trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Warm tops
  • Spare clothing
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
  • Packed lunch
  • Water bottle/Thermos Flask
  • Torch and whistle

A 15% discount is available on all equipment and clothing from the Adventure Peaks store. This is valid from the time of booking to the date of the walk.

“There is some quality about Helvellyn which endears it in the memory of most people who have stood on its breezy top.”
Alfred Wainwright

Wainwrights Included

Helvellyn, 950m – Nethermost Pike, 891m – Catstye Cam, 890m

Total ascent/descent


Where to Meet

The group will meet at 9am at the Glenridding Pay and Display car park by the visitors centre, in Glenridding village, at the southern end of Ullswater. Grid Ref: NY 385 169. You should have your rucksack packed ready to depart including a full packed lunch.

Please note that no transport is included as part of the walk. For those without their own transportation it may be possible to share transport with the guide or other members of the walk. In this case we do ask that a contribution is made to the fuel costs of the driver.

The day will finish at 2.30-3.00pm.

If you are not there within 20 minutes of the departure time (9am) the group will begin their walk.

Previous Experience

You should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking for 6-7 hours per day with around 917m (3,010ft) of ascent.

“It was a cove, a huge recess, That keeps, till June, December’s snow; A lofty precipice in front, A silent tarn below! Far in the bosom of Helvellyn, Remote from public road or dwelling, Pathway, or cultivated land; From trace of human foot or hand..”
William Wordsworth

Books & Maps

Ordnance Survey OL 5 covers The Southern area of the Lake District and OL7 covers the Northern area at a scale of 1:25,000. The BMC produce a Lake District map at a scale of 1:40,000, which are waterproof and tear resistant, specially designed for walkers and climbers.

Age limit

The Minimum Age for our walks is 8 years of age, but this depends on a child’s experience and ability. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult unless previously agreed with Adventure Peaks, and as we are AALA registered, written permission must be provided by a parent/guardian, for each participant under 18.

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1 Comment

  1. Maria B on August 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    We would just like to Thank you for your help on 23 August arranging our
    guided walk to Helvellyn with Ian Oldham.

    Ian was a fantastic guide who made the day both very enjoyable and
    memorable. He was very thoughtful and made the day particularly fun for
    our little boy, not to mention educational.

    We would very much like to book Ian again with you next year when we
    visit the Lake District.

    Please pass on our thanks to Ian.

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