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Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge

A leisurely walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 9.70km (6.03 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 724m (2375ft)
Descent 691m (2267ft)
Max. Elevation 880m (2887ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1415m (4642ft)
Start & End
Glenridding bus stop
Distance 9.70km
Duration ~4:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 05 Mar 2008
This is a Lake District classic, with England's most popular scramble on the way up to its most famous summit. Use the Patterdale Bus to get to Glenridding, where the walk starts and finishes. Striding Edge is potentially dangerous at all times, and especially in bad weather, so make sure you are prepared.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map

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OS Grid NY387169
From Glenridding, head along the Glenridding Beck and cross at Rattlebeck Bridge.
OS Grid NY359155
Follow the path heading uphill alongside Mires Beck and through the rocky outcrop. You will come to Hole-in-the-Wall at the foot of the crag.
About 3.12 km (~1.94 miles) from
OS Grid NY347149
This knife edge ridge is well known, but nothing beats an ascent of Helvellyn via this route. Enjoy the views from this spectacular ridge!
About 1.34 km (~0.83 miles) from
OS Grid NY342153
The summit! Enjoy a cup of tea and then take the path down via Swirral Edge. This route is less demanding than Striding Edge, but can still be tricky, so take care.
About 0.64 km (~0.4 miles) from
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At the end of Red Tarn, take the left hand track which takes you along Red Tarn Beck for a bit of variation on the route down. This takes you down to the Glenridding valley and back to the village and straight to the Traveller's Rest, a great place to end the day with a beer.
About 0.92 km (~0.57 miles) from
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After a pint or three, take the Patterdale bus home and plan your next car-free walk in this beautiful region.
About 3.33 km (~2.07 miles) from

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