Best trails in Glenridding, Cumbria

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Looking for a great trail near Glenridding, Cumbria? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Yorkshire Dales National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Bakestone Barrow Wood or Lowther Park. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Glenridding ranging from 4.2 to 12.4 miles and from 511 to 3,093 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Glenridding, Cumbria
Top trails (13)
#1 - Helvellyn
Lake District National Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
#2 - Helvellyn via Striding Edge
Lake District National Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Park at the car park at the bottom and walk straight up and the trail starts at the bottom of the road, you’ll save your self about 3miles. Striding edge can be scary with a shear drop on either side and is VERY slippy when wet! The last scramble to the top of Helvellyn is very hard going. Please do not take kids or dogs on this route it is not safe. The route down from this trail is swirral edge which is the same as striding but much shorter. Take walking poles for after as the descent is very long and steep. Take knee supports and plenty of ibuprofen! Show more
#3 - Aira Force Circular Walk
Lake District National Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 50 m
This beautiful walk, a short distance from the car park, is a delight at any time of the year, especially if one only has a little time to spare. Do remember to take your camera. The most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, Aira Force drops an impressive 65 feet and is surrounded by pretty woodland. This easy 2 hour walk can be extended to High Force beyond or Gowbarrow fell. Look out for the famous red squirrels In the 1780's the Howard family of Greystoke Castle had an old hunting lodge or Pele Tower close to the Ullswater shore renovated into what is now Lyulph's Tower, set among its own sporting estate. They landscaped the area around the force, and used it as a pleasure garden, planting over half a million native and ornamental trees, and established a network of tracks, footpaths and bridges. In 1846 the Howards created an arboretum below Aira Force, planting over 200 specimen conifers (firs, pines, spruces and cedars) from all over the world, including a Sitka Spruce, now 118 feet high. In 1906 Gowbarrow Park, including Aira Force, came up for sale for housing plots. An appeal was launched by the recently formed National Trust, which resulted in the purchase of 750 acres. The bridges are in honour of two members of the Spring-Rice family from nearby Watermillock, and were erected by friends and members of the family. In All Saints Church at Watermillock are memorial tablets to members of the Spring-Rice family, one of whom wrote the words to the hymn 'I vow to thee my Country'.Show more
#4 - Helvellyn Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
This hike starts and finishes at Greenside up the valley from Glenridding Cumbria. There is limited parking at the Greenside YHA. Lead ore was first discovered at what became the Greenside Lead Mine in the 1650s, with the first levels being driven by Dutch adventurers in the 1690s. Dressed ore was carried to the Stoneycroft smelter at Keswick. Production did not really begin until the late 18th century, with the mine not being extensively worked until 1825. Power was originally provided by water-wheels, with the water being supplied by the damming of nearby tarns. By the early 1960s, it had become uneconomic to continue to extract lead from the mine, and it closed in the 1960’s. Most of the mine buildings are now gone, but a few remain and serve as a Youth Hostel and mountain huts. In the latter stage of the mine’s life, for a short period, Greenside Mine came under the control of the UK Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, and was used to test a theory that an underground nuclear test explosion could be made undetectable by its seismic signal. The experiment was known as Operation Orpheus, and involved two test explosions at Greenside Mine. The hike takes the path that crosses Glenridding Beck and heads towards Catstycam a mountain in its own right but with it being so close to Helvellyn is very often neglected. The path wends its way over the lower slopes of Catstycam and leads eventually to Red Tarn. The tarn lies on the eastern flanks of Helvellyn and is enclosed by Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, it lies at an altitude of 718 metres  and has a depth of 25 metres. In the nineteenth century Red Tarn was dammed, using boulders, which raised the water level some eight or nine feet in order to supply power to the Greenside Lead Mine at Glenridding. The summit of Helvellyn is 950meters above sea level. On the summit there are several structures namely the Triangulation pillar, a summit shelter and 2 plaques one celebrating the fact that a By-plane landed on the summit in the 1920’s and lastly the Gough memorial commemorating the death of Charles Gough who fell from Striding Edge in the 1800’s, his body was not found for 3 monthsShow more
#5 - Glenridding and Helvellyn Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 8.0 mi • Est. 5 h 6 m
This walk to Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edge, or as many call it Helvellyn via the Frontdoor, is well worth the effort to get to the summit via the edges. Helvellyn, is probably the most climbed mountain in the Lake District. There are many ways to climb Helvellyn but an ascent via Striding Edge has to be considered the most spectacular of all. This narrow ridge has a reputation of being difficult and scary. At the end of the ridge there is a short down climb of around 7m which can be avoided by descending to the left a short way to a mid-level path, and then down an easier gully to the lower path. After climbing the last rocky tower there is a steep loose stony path to the top. Swirral Edge is often disregarded as just more of the same. However, it isn't, it has qualities of its own. In descent, it starts with a loose stony drop onto a short steep ridge of jumbled boulders which often require a bit of down-scrambling. A loose and nasty gully going off to the left, into Keppel Cove, is best avoided. Slips are very easy in descent. A first crossing of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge is best undertaken in summer when the rock is dry. Show more
#6 - Helvellyn via Swirral Edge and Keppal
Lake District National Park
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 4 h 2 m
Helvellyn is a mountain that is the highest point in the Helvellyn range.Show more
#7 - Sticks Pass and Helvellyn
Lake District National Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 7 h 16 m
An amazing epic from Patterdale, up to the Helvellyn Ridge, then down the famous singletrack descent at Sticks Pass.Show more
#8 - Glenridding to Helvellyn
Lake District National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
#9 - Glendridding, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Seat Sandal and Patterdale Circular
Lake District National Park
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Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 10 h 48 m
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#10 - Glenridding to Threlkeld
Lake District National Park
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Length: 9.7 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
Great linear hike over the high Fells. From Penrith take the service bus 108 (9.15am) to Glenridding. From the information center the path leads out of the village and very soon you are in open country. The hike uses both good clear paths and pathless moor. Once on the tops the views open up in all directions. When you finally reach Threlkled you can enjoy a beer in either the Salutation or the Horse and Ferrier, two good pubs. To get back to Penrith you need to take the sevice bus the X5 or X4 which run through the village at 33 mins past the hour.Show more
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