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Striding Edge Helvellyn

A favourite among hikers due to its exhilarating walk and scramble with some very rewarding views. The Striding Edge ridge is a great way to reach the summit of Helvellyn the 3rd highest mountain in England. The walk has fantastic scenery over Ullswater valley looking one way and on the other side you can see right over towards the far northern and western fells. The panoramic scenery is nothing short of spectacular on a clear day. The walk via Striding Edge is classed as a grade 1 scramble. One great circular route heads along Striding Edge from Glenridding to the summit then round and down Swirral Edge, looping around Red Tarn and back to where you started, see link on your right for a more advanced guide..

Interesting Stories

The Story Of Charles Gough & His Dog

Charles Gough was an adventurer and artist with a thirst to explore the wild places of the great outdoors. On the 17rd April 1805 he decided to walk to Grasmere going over Helvellyn. After setting off Charles went missing for 3 months. A shepherd was out tending to his sheep on the 27th July when he heard a barking dog, upon investigation he found the remains of a man who was identified to be Charles Gough by some belongings in the clothing. Mr Gough’s dog had waited next its owner for a whole 3 months guarding his body. A true picture of loyalty, many famous poets and artists were inspired by this story through the years. Near the summit there is a plaque dedicated to Charles Gough & his dog.

Crazy Aeroplane Landing

On December 1926 John Lemming and Bert Hinkler landed a plane on the summit of Helvellyn, one jumping from the plane to get a quick signature from a spectator as proof of their landing before whizzing off the edge of the mountain again.

Getting There

To walk up Helvellyn Via Striding Edge you can park in Glenridding car park at Ullswater. We have provided a link on your right with an in-depth description on the hike. Having a form of good navigation like a map or map app is essential, along with appropriate hiking equipment. Public toilets are at the edge of Glenridding car park.

Photo Credits: Feature Picture – Striding Edge- Jordan Vance

Sunset- Jonny Gios -Red Tarn – James Armes

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