Striding Edge, The Lakes
- October 2009
The weather was fantastic so at last I could try Striding Edge
again, some 14 years since I last did it. We drove from Ambleside,
through Troutbeck, and on to Glenridding where Sue dropped me off
at 9-30 a.m. I was soon the trail up Miresbeck towards Hole-in-the-Wall.
The climb took approximately 1hr 20 mins to reach the flatish area
in front of Red Tarn, and from there it was another 40 minutes to
the foot of Striding Edge itself. There was no wind at all, and
the conditions were perfect for the Edge. I took the Edge slowly
and carefully, and 1 hour 16 minutes later I reached the cairn at
Helvellyn, where I had lunch. From Helvellyn I took the trail down
to Thirlmere via Birk Side, a pleasant down hill track which led
me down to the lake after 2 hours walking. From leaving Glenridding
to reaching Thirlmere was 5 hrs 30 minutes in total, including lunch.
Finding the start of the route at
Glenridding is not difficult.
Trail starts along
the road next to Glenridding Beck, in front of "Catstycam"
mountain equipment shop
on the trail
Good track on the
Greenside is signposted
as straight on; the trail to Striding Edge is left over the style.
Looking back to
Glenridding and Ullswater
Onwards and upwards
Looking back over
Helvellyn straight ahead; Striding
Edge on the left and Swirral Edge and Catstycam on the right
Trail goes along the wall to the
base of Striding Edge ridge
From the approach Striding Edge
does not look too daunting.
Starting Striding Edge
Looking back along the ridge as
a walker just approaches.
Red Tarn and Striding Edge
Ullswater from Helvellyn
Helicopter coming in to land to
drop off walkers at Helvellyn
Commemoration Stone on Helvellyn
The Times, Thursday 23rd December
Looking North from Helvellyn
Track down from Helvellyn
Thirlmere from the track down from