If you’re looking for an exciting day out, consider joining us on a guided walk up Helvellyn
This iconic mountain is one of the most popular in the Lake District and offers a range of routes to its summit – including the spectacular Striding Edge.
Striding Edge is one of the best mountain ridge scrambles in the Lake District
Our experienced guides will help you make the most of your time on this great mountain, and provide all the support you need to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced mountaineer, join us on a guided walk up Helvellyn – it’s sure to be a day you’ll never forget!
- The mountain is popular with hikers of all abilities
- Striding Edge is a spectacular knife-edge ridge with great scrambling opportunities
- Our experienced guides will help you make the most of your time on the mountain
- The summit plateau is a great place to take in the stunning views in every direction
- Join us on a guided walk up Helvellyn for an unforgettable day out!
The Guided Walk
Our guided walk is packed with views and challenging terrain. It’s definitely not one of those easy strolls. We start in Glenridding, head up to Birkhouse Moor, then continue on to Striding Edge before heading back down Swirral Edge. The climb includes Helvellyn and Catstye Cam- two great climbs that are sure to get your heart pumping.
The views from the top of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge are some of the best in Lakeland, if not the whole of the UK. You’ll see far-reaching views over Ullswater and the surrounding countryside. The walk is around 12 miles long, and should take around six hours to complete. It’s definitely not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding walk, this is it!
If you love the outdoors and are looking for an exciting day out, Striding Edge is the perfect scramble for you!
-This moderate scramble has some exposure but is still suitable for beginners
-You’ll use your hands to balance and move around the rocks, but will not be hanging on by your fingernails!
-The Striding edge experience lasts about 30 minutes and takes you to the summit of Helvellyn.
-This is a great hike for those who want to experience a little bit of everything: Walking, scrambling, mountain views, and a 3,000ft summit.
-Helvellyn is the 3rd highest mountain in England, so be prepared for some awesome views!
The fun isn’t over yet, as to get down from the summit we have to descend Swirral Edge. It’s a shorter knife-edge arete so it won’t take us long to get back down to a well-trodden footpath.
Depending on how the group is feeling and the weather conditions, the summit of Catstycam (890m) can also be climbed. The descent is back on good quality trails that take us back to the finish in Glenridding.
The Lake District is a stunning area in northern England that offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re interested in scrambling up rocks, hiking through valleys, or simply taking in the beautiful scenery, there’s something for everyone here
And what’s even better is that you don’t have to go it alone! We offer several guided walks throughout the area. This means that you can enjoy an exciting day out without having to worry about getting lost or making poor choices when it comes to route-finding
So what are you waiting for? Get out and enjoy the outdoors!
Glenridding in the Lake District
We run this at various times throughout the year
Can’t make the date?
If you can’t make these why not hire us for your very own bespoke day walk? Pick a date to suit you, groups of any size catered for.
This is aimed at people who have a moderate level of fitness. Someone who goes to the gym one or two times a week or otherwise keeps fit. The day is at a relaxed pace but with some steep climbs and descents.
Due to the nature of the terrain, we will be walking on steep and rugged ground at times. The pace is largely set by the group. If are not unsure if this is right for you then please do contact us.
For day walks we recommend the following:
- Rucksack – 20-30 liters should be enough to hold all of your kit for the day. Include a waterproof liner to keep your kit dry should it rain
- Waterproof Jacket and Waterproof Trousers – These are essential regardless of the forecast as the weather can change quickly.
- Suitable Trousers/shorts – Lightweight and quick drying. (Jeans are unsuitable for this activity.
- Clothing – Suitable to the season and always include a fleece or other warm clothing. Bring a spare jacket just in case you get cold.
- Gloves to keep the fingers warm and maintain movement.
- Hat – Warm hat for the winter season, sun hat for other times of the year
- Sensible footwear – waterproof walking boots with a good quality sole and decent ankle support.
- Drinking water and bottle – You will need to carry 1 to 2 litres of water and this can be in any suitable container you have
- Packed lunch – bring some food to keep you fuelled up throughout the day
- Personal medication – whatever medication you need, as well as some spare paracetamol, hayfever tablets, lip balm, blister plasters, tissues & hand sanitiser
- Fully charged mobile phone
- Torch & spare batteries
- Whistle – Also in case of emergencies
- Survival bag – It’s useful to carry one of these whenever you are in the hills. Orange plastic ones are ideal.