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Helvellyn via Striding Edge is a 8.4 mile loop trail located near Glenridding, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 2,673 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Lake Views Rocky Scramble No shade
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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!

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Alan Peat
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HikingScramble

This is great. After Helvellyn this route takes you across to Raise and down not across Swirral edge as it says in the description.

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Stuart Foster
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Catriana Cull
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HikingBugsGreat!Scramble

Awesome hike. Very challenging in places - expect a lot of scrambling along the ridge. Quite scary if you’re afraid of heights but do-able and well worth it!

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James Stevenson
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Scott Harrison
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Saxon Rashid
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HikingRocky

Great Trail gets harder the longer you are into it! But includes all 4 peaks on the way back great fun but very challenging

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Paul Carr
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Hard going as a relative novice, the ascent is tough going. Striding edge was incredible, a great challenge, but fine as long as you take your time. It was very busy, so there was queuing across the edge. It was very cold and windy at the top, so didn't stay long. Descent is much less demanding, but hard on the knees. All round amazing walk! Will do again ASAP.

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chris allen
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Ayah Snobe
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HikingRockyScramble

Great hike!! We parked up in Glenridding (CA11 0PD) and then walked up via Greenside road (past the travellers inn). We summited via Striding edge which was covered in cloud but made for an amazing hike despite not seeing the lake below. Due to the poor visibility we decided to come back via Stirling edge which was a fun descent and made for a total hike of 4 hours. Some parts of the edge aren’t for the faint hearted and the descent from striding edge took it out of our knees but it’s definitely one for your lakes bucket list!!

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Jarrad W
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HikingGreat!

Great trail. For families and people with dogs it’s certainly tough but for any couples / mates it’s totally doable, just have to hold on tight!

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Shannon Cassidy
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Claire Raynaud
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Kenny Peers
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Tough getting up the first hill,then you turn around and the views are incredible! A good pretty flat walk for a mile or so then the “fun” begins on Striding Edge.Not for the faint hearted,but concentrate on what you’re doing and you’ll be fine,then a scramble to the top.Came back down along Swirral Edge.We had a good day for it,but there’s no way i’d attempt the Striding Edge way in the rain or snow.Good luck!

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Sonya Griffin
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RockyScramble

Climbed this mountain twice in one day. it was foggy, low visibility on the top ridge and very eerie looking, no wind on the ridge until the trig point. Even though the ridge and scramble is extremely steep with vertical drops either side, the paths are wide enough, and there is always something to grip a hold of, the weather did get more trecherous as we got higher up, but i loved it, and loved it just as much coming back the same way. Anti-clockwise is the better route. Still one of my favourite mountains in the UK.

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Dalton Mullinger
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Hiking

Awesome experience great views and great fun having a scramble in exposure would highly recommended

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Ally Whyte
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Challenging but great walk. The route requires a fair bit of scrambling, but the views are stunning.

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Ginta Re
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HikingRockyScramble

Amazing summit. Took 5 hours. Weather was challenging us. Anyway that was hard, but very good hiking. Unfortunately today were no nice views was very misty, but it worth it!!!

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Yuliya Orshansky
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Rocky

Great climb and walk keep in mind that you will have to do a bit of rock climbing off path at the striding edge. It's a rewarding hike with beautiful views all around on a bright day!

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Michael lockey
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Too windy!

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Sam Moss
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