On the 30th July 2015 I set off from the Park Resorts Site (Regent Bay) in Morecambe to climb Helvellyn. This was the only dry day forecasted for the week. I really didn't want to tackle Striding Edge if the rocks were wet. I arrived in Glenridding after nearly an hours drive and parked up in the Glenridding car park and paid the £8 fee for the day.
England and in the Lake District, and access to Helvellyn is easier than to the two higher peaks of Scafell Pike and Sca Fell. The scenery includes three deep glacial coves and two sharp-topped ridges on the eastern side (Striding Edge and Swirral Edge).
Elevation 950 m (3,120 ft)
|A Meadow Pipit|
|Looking down the path to Ullswater|
Today the gap has been filled in and a ladder stile crosses the wall.
With spine-tingling exposure on both sides, Striding Edge isn’t the ideal choice if you suffer from vertigo. Other than a good head for heights, though, all you’ll need is basic hill walking know-how.
“You should have the ability to read a map and a compass, because you’ll be finishing on a summit that’s often in cloud,” “Having said that, navigating on the scramble itself is straightforward - you just follow the ridge!”
But saying that I was enjoying it and was no way going to give in and take the easier paths just below the ridge,I'm only here once and I'm doing Striding Edge!
A smaller rucksack would be nice though as it catches on the rocks at times as I lower myself down.
|A view down off the ridge|
This memorial is perched incongruously on Striding Edge and commemorates the spot where the unfortunate Mr Dixon plunged off Striding Edge while running with the Ullswater hounds in 1858.
|About to lower myself down|
|A scramble up|
|View back down to Striding Edge.|
I now reach the summit and a obligatory photo is taken,with Red Tarn below.
A memorial commemorates Charles Gough, immortalised by William Wordsworth. Gough died attempting to cross Striding Edge to reach the summit in 1805, and his faithful dog stayed by his body for 3 months until both were discovered.
I walk up Whiteside (863m) and up yet another climb I wasn't banking on. I take a path down just before Raise along Red Screes.
I cross the river by a bridge and make it back to the car park.