Helvellyn, voted Britain’s most popular mountain, is one of the Lake District’s most famous peaks and completing the round of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge is one of the Lake District’s great adventures. Striding Edge and Swirral Edge are two superb arêtes, both of which provide exposed but easy scrambling.
‘Striding Edge is the finest there is in Lakeland, for walkers – it’s traverse is always an exhilarating adventure in fair weather or foul, and it can be made easy or difficult according to choice’
From Glenridding we make our way, via the beautiful Lanty’s Tarn, up Birkhouse Moor with its wonderful views over Ullswater and towards craggy Striding Edge and the Helvellyn massif. From Birkhouse Moor we follow the sharp and airy Striding Edge to the summit of Helvellyn, with its unbeatable and far reaching views. We descend via Swirral Edge visiting the summit of Catstycam before continuing to the valley below.
‘If Catstycam stood alone, remote from its fellows, it would be one of the finest peaks in Lakeland. It has nearly, but noy quite, the perfect mountain form, with true simplicity in its soaring lines, and a small pointed top, a real summit, that falls away steeply on all sides.’
If you have a good head for heights then this is a “must-do” route.
The terrain includes exposed mountain paths, rough rocky ground, lose scree, short scrambles and stony summit plateaus.