6th May 2006

A classic Helvellyn round, taking in Striding Edge and Swirral Edge.


Walk Overview
Time 08.55 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr 20 min
Distance 8.8 mile
Ascent 3245 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Glenridding - Little Cove - Birkhouse Moor - Striding Edge - Helvellyn - Swirral Edge - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Red Tarn Beck - Glenridding
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Glenridding

Found in the centre of Glenridding, this car park fills up very quickly indeed. Not just because of the amount of walkers heading onto the Helvellyn fells, but with people just wanting to have a walk around the village. Arriving after mid morning during the summer months would be a bit of a hit and miss situation as far as getting a space goes.

To state the obvious; there is a charge for parking here.


Route Map

Just outside Glenridding and heading up to Mires Beck / Little Cove in some lovely morning sunshine.

Ullswater seen from the route up Birkhouse Moor.

The middle section of our walk seen from Birkhouse Moor summit with Striding Edge on the left Helvellyn in the middle and Catstye Cam on the right. The path running down hill from the left of Catstye Cam is the one we followed after leaving Red Tarn.

Looking back to Birkhouse Moor from the Hole-in-the-Wall.

Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and a glimpse of Red Tarn.

Zooming across to Striding Edge.

Looking back along the ridge.

And again from the climb up to Helvellyn.

A busy day at the Helvellyn shelter.

Our return route took us down Swirral Edge, not quite as dramatic as its more famous neighbour, but just as enjoyable.

Red Tarn with Striding Edge.

Catstye Cam summit and Ullswater in the haze (honest).

Another spell of sunshine for us as we reached Red Tarn.

Looking down the zig-zag path we followed beside Red Tarn Beck.

And looking back up from the sheepfold seen in the previous picture.

Glenridding, Ullswater and Place Fell.
Rather then follow the more popular route along the Greenside mine road to get back to Glenridding we took the path that leads back to Mires Beck. The views are much nicer along this path and it doesn't get quite so busy.

Gillside Cottage.

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Lake District Walks