Helvellyn and Catstye Cam via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge
Route Summary: Classic horseshoe walk from Glenridding up Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge
Classic horseshoe walk from Glenridding up Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge
|12.94 km||1059 m||5 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Glenridding
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Helvellyn and Catstye Cam via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge Details
Dave Chick, from All the Gear, No Idea, shares his scrambling route up Striding Edge and Swirral Edge to the summit of Helvellyn. This one of the UK’s classic scrambling routes and the best scrambling route in the English Lake District that’s an essential on every mountaineer’s CV.
Along with the CMD Arete and Crib Goch, the climb up Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge is one of those routes that should be on every hillwalker’s CV. However, this is neither as exposed as Crib Goch or as majestic in scale as the CMD, but is still one of the best walks and scrambles in the Lake District if not the UK. Starting in Glenridding, you set off for Red Tarn before heading for the Hole in the Wall and then across Striding Edge. The summit of Helvellyn is almost incidental, as you then down scramble Swirral Edge and cap the day with a final summit; Catstye Cam.
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For more walks up Helvellyn, visit our All the Walking Routes up Helvellyn article.