Helvellyn, Raise and Striding Edge

  • Enjoy Striding Edge
  • Climb of Helvellyn and Raise
  • Return via Greenside Mine

There are some excellent choices of walks up the most popular mountain in the Lake District but none should discount the scrambling options of Striding Edge. Keep to the crest and it is challenging, take to the path on the south side and it is more straightforward but still has some interesting sections particularly on the summit climb to the summit. There are other options to the summit but if you are prepared to climb the 3,000 feet you should be capable of Striding Edge (snow and ice excepted).

However a descent down striding edge is miserable, Swirral Edge not much better. Either head off to Grisedale Tarn or better still enjoy the walk around the northern rim towards the round summit of Raise. Descend by the excellent bridleway to Greenside Mine, a successful lead mine of the 19th century which still has much of interest to look around.


It is easier and more enjoyable to climb Striding Edge when the rock is dry.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 Lake District North East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 386171. Glenridding, from the main car park near the Visitor centre head up on to the road heading for Greenside Mine but where the road turn sharp right head left and cross the river on to the fellside.
Height to Climb: 970 m (3,180 feet)
Terrain: A long and hard day initially up steep slopes. Striding Edge is challenging and there is a steep climb to the summit. However from the summit the descent is straightforward on good paths.
Eating & Drinking: Choice of pubs and cafes in Glenridding but you may be tempted by the excellent
Similar Walks Nearby: St Sunday’s Crag, Patterdale
Hayeswater and Angle Tarns
A Fistful of Dodds
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