That took 3 hours and only one part was tiringly steep. Zoom in to see updated info. We are also responsible owners, and have him on … Striding Edge runs the length of Red Tarn, which is a small lake at the base of Helvellyn. Not a place to be if you have to contend with high wind, rain etc. The dog has been fine on all of these. It offers a little scramble down a ridge that links Helvellyn with Catstye Cam, and has great views over Red Tarn to Striding Edge. Pick a clear day with no rain and you can always take the lower route or (and this advice goes for everybody) be prepared to say no and turn back. Never as narrow and scary as Crib Goch, but properly ridge-shaped and atmospheric particularly if you eschew the side path and stick to the crest of the ridge. A man has died and another was seriously injured in two incidents on successive days on Striding Edge on Helvellyn. Care should be exercised when there is a high wind or ice as this is a very exposed ridge – a fall from here would be fatal. I coped OK with the knife edge but did not like the descent between the edge and Helvellyn proper (I think this might be called Kilnshaw Chimney). I also thought I was fit from a running habit, but my quads gave up a mile short of the car park. Pick a day with no wind. Bristley ridge is good on the Glyders as its not too long and gives you a good start to some of the more hairier ones such as Crib Goch [Snowdon] and Sharp Edge [Blencathra]. I do not have a fear of heights i might add. Striding Edge (Helvellyn) Another classic grade one scramble, Striding Edge is the most dramatic way of reaching the summit of Helvellyn. Depends on the weather, not sensible to attempt in bad weather if not experienced scramblers.. no equipment or prior experience necessary in good weather - just a sensible, slow and careful approach and you will need to use your hands on some sections (hence scrambling). }. Helvellyn matches Scafell Pike for popularity among hikers: it’s estimated that o… Lots of answers here to help you decide whether you're personally up to Striding Edge or not. Copyright © 2000-2021 TMDH Limited. Then it was back to Park Foot for the boys to talk to their new found fiends about their adventure and injuries which had everyone's full attention :). The most technically difficult section of Striding Edge is the scrambly descent known as ‘The Chimney’, which sneakily ambushes walkers just below Helvellyn’s summit. Do not attempt it if the weather is bad at all, and in fact for the first time I'd suggest go when there are plenty of others about so you can see hopefully a few who have done it before and can keep you right. The "chimney" was not as big an issue as we have been led to believe. Striding edge, probably the most infamous scramble in the British Isles. The consequences of such a mistake are then dependent upon where you are, which is why some mountains are more dangerous than others. I will try and upload some pics if I can to this blog, or provide a link to them. Also, Catbells would be a good one - it's a low fell that has a ridge you follow all the way to the top, sometimes quite steep. due to lack of visibility and wet conditions. Fell Facts    Hill Skills    But would advise you to stay away in winter unless you are competent in using crampons and ice axe, and not a full shilling like me. A. OK striding edge can b tricky but the best advice I can give is to concentrate on were u put your feet and stop walking when you want to have a look round.my friends love doing it but you need a decent day to many come to the lakes and ignore conditions. You have to watch your step! Free example walks, See/Show Password Then the final scramble up to the summit which your adrenaline will see you fly up! We ascended back to Glenridding via the YHA/Greenside road path which was easy. The tricky bit comes at the at the end of the ridge. I have also been on two other "scary" edges. I could not find the courage to get closer than 5 feet from the edge. Been wanting to do Striding Edge for ages and finally got to do it this Summer with my partner and must say we found it very unnerving and not at all enjoyable - until we were safely off it. After looking at the pictures I phoned to ask if, as I was taking my dog with me, would it be suitable for a dog. I did a lot of it backwards, face to the mountain; I was more confident using my hands as well as my feet. The weather was literally perfect, sun was shining enough to require sun cream but there was a light cool breeze which didn't change much as we made the long slog to the Hole in the Wall powered by Capri-Sun and dairy milk. I reckon it's more satisfying this way round, and, as someone else said, it's definitely easier tackling the step on Striding Edge this way. Back to Striding Edge - for those, like us, who have not done it before then there is a lower route just off the ridge which requires care but is not difficult. Not only is there no obvious path around the step, at times you have to scramble around the side with some drops before you do the "chimney" which is a vertical chute that requires a degree of climbing skill (well that's what it felt like to us!). Swirral was FAR easier but more exposed, the path is getting quite eroded in parts and I suspect that in a few years time it will be quite precarious in some places. Helen. 3. For help logging on, see Help > FAQs > Logging On. There are craggy bits along the ridge that you could have a little play on as you go. A. I only got into walking a couple of years ago as I'm pursuing my ML (Mountain Leader) qualification. Striding Edge Deaths & Injuries. see all questions about Mountains and Hills, Can't find something? Be in no doubt, Striding Edge - see Walks. The 10 most recent questions about Mountains and Hills . One of the most famous walks in England is along a high ridge in the Lake District called Striding Edge. I was told, yes, a dog would manage fine. } else { We have a reasonable sense of heights but it is the exposure that might get you. There should be an entry requirements to get on some of the hills, there really should. Personally I would make sure that there are no dogs on the track either, they can add to your difficulty if they are loose. The site contains details of the Lake District’s 214 Wainwright fells … There are lower paths around the towers for those feeling a bit chicken, as we're afraid Walkopedia did. There are many fine ways to climb Helvellyn but an ascent via Striding Edge has to be considered the most spectacular of all. Ascending Striding Edge. Copyright | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Statement, A - Z    It was a wet, windy day with wind gusts of 50-60 mph on the top of Helvellyn and we were carrying heavy packs. I was going with an organised group. The main thing about walking these edges is to take your time. Photo Gallery    Just how scary is it? If you are at all unsure or haven't got a good head for heights but still want to do it, then I would recommend going with an someone who is experienced if at all possible. Let’s kick off with Striding Edge. Striding Edge is one of the two famous narrow scrambling ridges on Helvellyn, the other being Swirral Edge. The consequences of a slip going up the tourist path on Skiddaw are very different to a similar slip on Sharp Edge. I was going along fine when I heard a cry and turned to see one of our small group literally bouncing off rocks as he fell. } We're experienced hikers, but haven't done any technical climbing before. Safe if you keep alert and take it really slowly. Peak Bagging    But then so you could be on any other mountain! Low cloud prevented an air ambulance from landing, but a RAF Sea King … “Most of the accidents occur in winter, when Helvellyn becomes a full-blown mountaineering adventure.” Every year, mountain rescue volunteers are called out to dozens of accidents on this ridge and Swirral Edge, its neighbour to the north. A. I wish to climb Helvellyn on 5th Apr. I have the same question as Archie. I'm scared of heights. We went out onto to the rocky top of Striding Edge. We ascended via striding edge and descended Swirral. The hardest bit of the hike for me was the steep slog up towards the ridge. A. I have a pretty good head for heights, although I'm not a climber. function myFunction() { Trust me this is well worth doing but if your first time, as I said, try in good conditions only. his legs were OK but oviously a head wound cannot be laughed off so our guide aborted the route and we went down the way we came to where the ambulance was waiting at Glenridding. My answer to your question is, unless it is a very wet or windy day, Striding Edge is not really too scary but provides a great sense of achievement. The problem with striding edge is its popularity. Any craggy bit would do, just make sure your hand and footholds are secure. All three days were dry but the second and third had some mist. x.type = 'password'; For help see Help. more. Add your answer to THIS question | Ask a NEW walking and hiking question, Return to the main list of Walking and Hiking Questions, Search for an existing Walking and Hiking Question or Answer, Home > Questions & Answers about Walking & Hiking. Better a wasted days hiking than a wasted life! In mid June of 2009, my son John and I tried to go down Striding Edge from Helvellyn, but failed. Two advantages were (1) the day was dry and virtually windless, and (2) we had an excellent and very patient leader who kept everybody together and made us have rests if anyone tired. Talk to us    A. Hi Competitions    go4awalk.com and go4awalk.co.uk are registered trademarks of TMDH Limited. if (x.type === 'password') { The kids had no difficulty at all. Then we walked the entire summit slope down past Dollywaggon, which gives you phenomenal views across to the West for a good hour. It is substantially more difficult in winter mist, snow and ice and should not be attempted under any circumstances without winter walking skills and all the appropriate equipment. Do the descent via Esk Hause and Ruddy Gill and on the way down go over Great End - it's great exposed mountain scenery, check out the drop off down to Sprinkling Tarn! The man suffered head injuries in the fall from Striding Edge on Helvellyn. Striding Edge is a particularly dangerous part of the Lake District, which has recorded an increasing number of fatalities in recent years: 13 in 2016, 20 in 2017 and eight in just the first four months of 2018. Regardless of what route you choose, be sure that you have a good level of fitness and sufficient experience of climbing. Anyone attempting to walk along it must have a good head for heights and be sure footed. I didn't realise until I checked my photographs, that there was only this narrow gap in the snow on the whole eastern face of the mountain; I was lucky to find it! Add to this that in my home town London we don't do much hill-walking, preferring to take the lift up The Shard for our views. Walking Gear Guides    News    Map updates are paused. This narrow ridge has a reputation of being scary and difficult. Then, just as you think you have finished there is another step to scramble up - whilst this is a steep scramble it is relatively straightforward as there are plenty of hand/feet holds and you should aim for the peak...your instinct is to stay either one side or other but head for the top as there is a clear route once there. I'm not great with heights and all the pictures I've seen of this ridge look rather thin and precarious. His clothes were in shreds. Practice two or three moves up, and then down again. My son actually started down what looked like a 1-2 foot wide path down off the flat top of Helvellyn. Height: 950 m; 3117 ft Distance: 8 miles; 13 km Difficulty: Hard Estimated Time: 5 hours Map: Ordnance Survey Explorer OL5 The English Lakes NE Area Route: View in Google Maps GPX File: Download GPX file (desktop only) – What is a GPX file? There's one tip for this one: Don't look down. If doing the Hellvelyn walk either from Glenridding or Patterdale, which is the easiest route... Are there routes sign posted or do you need a map. - is a thin and precarious knife-edge with steep drops on boths sides. up the Chimney, I would probably be OK. A. I've just returned from my trip and we didn't do Helvellyn at all, it was still quite snowy with the possibility of ice too - maybe another time. A. We have to live with not knowing how long this edge walk will take, and when we’ll come off it. PS I have also done Crib Goch but at that time I was so completely ignorant I had no idea it was meant to be tricky and dangerous so I had a great time! I didn't think it was advisable to try climbing through snow with ordinary walking boots. He is a well behaved dog, and will happily stick to the paths on command. You will be sitting, on all fours, moving one step at a time etc. Helvellyn is the third-highest point in England. We selected instead to take the long route down and hours later arrived at our destination. Down stone steps to Grisedale Beck and a pleasant downhill through the valley with lovely views along Ullswater. In late April this year (2015) I achieved an ambition I'd nursed for 20 or 30 years, and climbed Helvellyn via Striding Edge/Swirral Edge, which I'd last done in a school party when I was 17, 54 years earlier! Hi, we've never done any technical climbing and we managed ok, even without poles. Well worth the challenge! A. So in conclusion if it's a nice day then have a go, be careful, take your time and enjoy what will be a fantastic achievement. A. Hi there, I have been to the top of Helvellyn 19 times, 13 of these by the way of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge in both lovely summer conditions and full winter conditions. A. I have walked along Striding Edge 3 times, in August 1973, June 1974 and September 1981. Sorry, but your browser does not appear to be accepting our cookies. Pack plenty of food and drinks and extra clothes and waterproofs, hats and gloves. And definitely pick good weather - the mountain will still be there next time if you don't make it this time! Striding Edge – a photo diary of Lake District fell walks. Alongside the main ridge there is a path running parallel – a get out clause if things get too scary. . Anyway, it's always fantastic to have the mountain to yourself - Helvellyn can be a shopping mall at times. The traverse of the edge is relatively easy in normal conditions and can be made easier by following the path that exists alongside and lower than the main arête. It's quite steep and rocky and the route I was following became blocked with dirty snow so I tracked to the right and fortunately found a clear route to the top. Best of luck. We did have a tremendous walk up Great Gable though, and I was proud of my scrambling up Sourmilk Gill and to the summit (past Windy Gap). Camping    If you can, find someone who has done it before to go with - it's much better for your confidence if you've got someone who can talk you over the trickier bits. The final ascent was easy and not scary at all. You get so many twats doing it in fancy dress for charity having never set foot on a hill before or you get your Julia Bradbury fucknuts who have a copy of a wainwright book and no idea. Grib Goch has a much higher sense of exposure, avoid it in high winds (grade 1) Have to agree with what Brandywell has already said! For those who have never walked Striding Edge - there are quite a few routes along - which you can choose from at any point along the way depending on how challenging you want it to be. The path disappears into the rocks at some points and you have to kind of make your own route through, some of which involves lowering yourself down through waist height crevices. But I really wanted to climb Helvellyn. Myself and my 7 and 8 year old son's have just returned from two nights camping at Park Foot in Pooley Bridge (May spring bank holiday 2016), the campsite was perfect, plenty of other kids for them to make friends with and games going on, Saturday morning at 8am we left the flip flop campers to it and drove to Glenridding, as we early we had no problem parking on the roadside just past the Travellers Rest pub close to Gillside Farm campsite. A. However, about 10 meters down there is a passage that requires that you walk down a 45+ degree incline of wet rock about 1 foot from the edge with a several hundred meter drop if your feet slipped. Bristley ridge is good on the Glyders as its not too long and gives you a good start to some of the more hairier ones such as Crib Goch [Snowdon] and Sharp Edge [Blencathra]. That being said the views are spectacular and you have to do it! Let's be reaslustic, you'll be in injured! He agrees with the last reply in that it seems okay, narrow in places, but reasonably good to walk with no climbing required. He was bleeding from a number of cuts including a head wound. Just a wimpy counter to the many "it's easy" viewpoints! var x = document.getElementById('password'); I was sweaty and short of breath. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed it, the weather was fine, I was with my two brothers and we all coped really well. There is a … We actually descended Sharp Edge, and I remember it was very tricky, but we all survived unscathed. With spine-tingling exposure on both sides and breathtaking views, Striding Edge is an exhilarating stretch that you will not forget. Striding edge should not be sniffed at and I imagine for experienced climbers/walkers is very doable but most definitely not for everyone. However when I went across to the meeting point to tell the guide I wasn't coming on the trip, I did wear boots and my idea of perfect hiking gear - a wooly cardigan (try it, it really does breathe, is warm and repels light showers). However, it can be dangerous and care is required. I think I'll build up gradually, and do the edge when I'm good and ready! Why not simply take the alternative route detailed in walk. Striding Edge is exactly what it sounds like. Again the math part of my brain said this is not wise. Every time we did it the same way, from Glenridding to Helvellyn. This technique is also known as orgasm control. I am aware that Striding Edge is a very narrow knife edge though, and don`t want to put the dog, ourselves or anyone else in danger. Striding edge should not be sniffed at and I imagine for experienced climbers/walkers is very doable but most definitely not for everyone. It was an unnerving but salutary reminder of just how dangerous Striding Edge could be. Do you have to be a dyed in the wool mountaineer with several munros under your belt, or can a competent but not vastly experienced walker do it? See Help > FAQs - Logging On for details on how to enable cookies in your browser. We walked up Glenridding Common from the TIC car park area. The first time in January 2013 (a mild winter, no ice, relentless drizzle) I took the path which is not along the very top (there is a "wimps way" but do not forget, you still have a big drop on one side of you!) I was disappointed not to have been able to continue, but this experience shows that Striding Edge really is a dangerous place. Jialihua Guest House Hotels in Lake District. Even the path down from Angle Tarn, a popular route, has made me twitch. I would also point out that the first time I did these ridges I was a little nervous as I was an inexperienced fell walker with only about 3 months walking under my belt, but once I got to the summit cairn all fear left me and have been doing the edges ever since. I am fit and flexible however I found myself trembling at the top and seriously wandering what i could do! I like to give things a go but don't want to over-reach myself. I've seen kids under 10 doing striding edge. We were gone 7 hours total which included lunch and photo stops, and none of it was difficult. Striding Edge is only rated as 0.5 scrambling grade, Sharp Edge is much shorter arete and can be slippery in wet conditions (grade 1). To close this message click anywhere outside this window, • Questions & Answers about Walking & Hiking. Log On/Accounts    Click here for the A - Z, Questions & Answers about Walking & Hiking, c220 Helvellyn via Striding Edge from Glenridding, c269 The Grisedale Horseshoe from Patterdale, c427 Helvellyn via Striding Edge from Patterdale. A. This was our first time up Helvellyn. I felt that a walk that people describe as 'not that bad, really' was not something I wanted to do. Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out on Sunday after a man fell more than 650ft from the ridge leading to England’s third highest mountain. ° How much it cost to download the 59 walks that climb all 214 Wainwrights? You can go right over the ridge on the top - or there are easier routes along the side. If he had fallen to the left, that would almost certainly have been his lot, and he was very lucky not to have bounced over the path which ended his fall. I am not one of them. 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