Helvellyn Via Striding Edge

14th June 2008



Wainwright Guidebook

The Eastern Fells



Ascent: 950 Mtrs  3118 Ft
Wainwrights: 2  Birkhouse Moor, Helvellyn
Weather: Warm & Sunny
Parking: Gill Side Campsite Glenridding
Walking With: Stephen Harrison & Lee Roughly
Ordnance Survey: OL5 (1:25)
Time Taken:  

Map and Photo Gallery


Day 1,     Gill Side Campsite

Early evening & after putting the tents up it was time for a quick pint at the pub we just passed (The Travellers Rest),Now the plan was to have 3/4 Pints a good steak meal & back to the tents for 9ish (That would be the sensible thing to do yes?)

7/8 Pints later & One exceeded credit card  (Wed spent all our cash & decided to put the rest of the nights rounds on Stes credit card!)  Its not our fault if the entertainment was so good! we lost track of time ok! I can honestly say that night was one of the best nights I’ve spent with the lads ,So instead of getting back for 9oclock we got back at 11.30 & needed absolute no effort in getting to sleep that night!

Starting the walk from Gill Side to meet the path which took us towards Little Cove & then on to Birkhouse Moor

Looking back at Glenridding & Place Fell

Our first view of Helvellyn Summit with Catstye Cam to the right ,Ill have to admit id been a little nervous about tackling Striding Edge & that black cloud right over the summit wasn’t helping

Birkhouse Moor Summit

The approach to The Whole In The Wall

Striding Edge


You can read books,Look at guides & pictures, but they will never give you the sense of accomplishment of actually walking along Striding Edge

Looking down the path that runs along the bottom of Striding Edge

Looking at the decent off Striding Edge & my route was the gully with the tuft of grass to the left


Striding Edge from the summit

The Memorial Plaque on the summit

Helvellyn summit Trig point

Our decent route Swirral Edge

At this point on Swirral Edge I got a call on my mobile it was my brother Martin “Paul can I nip round yours so you can but a headlamp bulb in the car” Er Martin can I call you back!


Climbers on Striding Edge, & it looks like we just avoided the queues!

Striding Edge, Helvellyn & Swirral Edge

Heading back down to Gill Side

Boots off & time to dip my feet in the Glenridding Beck .What a great day ,& we’d already put the tents down & packed up before the walk so here was just a rest & an ice cream before heading back to Wigan ,Another great day on the fells


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