Glenridding - Helvellyn - Striding Edge - Grisedale Brow - Glenridding
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From the car park at Glenridding the route to the summit of Helvellyn is varied and challenging. You begin with a section of road-walking through picturesque terraces and a route to a disused mine, whose buildings are now used as bases for various outdoor pursuits such as rock-climbing and even skiing.
With the unmistakeable conical summit of Catstye Cam to aim for first, the gravel path winds slowly and on some sections steeply, to its base. The angle of approach means that the mass of Helvellyn comes into view very quickly and strikingly.
You are met with four features which independently would be worthy of a walk; these are Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Red Tarn. Collectively they ensure the walk is one of the most rewarding in the Lakes. You begin the ridge and scramble sections of Swirral Edge which, although hard work, bring you superb views over Red Screes and Catstye Cam.
Swirral Edge concludes with a very steep scramble which justifies the grading of the walk as a Hill Scramble. The summit of Helvellyn is surprisingly flat and wide and the views are unsurpassed. A touching memorial can be found just before you begin the descent onto Striding Edge, which is a longer version of Swirral Edge with all the breathtaking views you will now have come to expect.
Helvellyn then disappears as quickly as it appeared as you pass Hole-in-the-wall and begin the well-defined walk to the base of the Grisedale Valley. A short wooded tarmacked section of road-walking returns you to the car park from whence you came.
England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East
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