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This climb was part of our Lake district and Blackpool trip. We started early from Ambelside Youth hostel. It took only 20 mins from the hostel. This mythical mountain, standing at 950m, is one of the great mountains of the Lake District. Helvellyn offers walkers the chance to step back in time to rocky terrain and narrow glaciated edges. It is one of England’s four 3000 ft summits and is home of the best ridge walk in Britain – Striding Edge.
We began our walk in Glenridding and made our way up to Birkhouse Moor. From here we headed to Striding Edge and walked Helvellyn’s awesome ridge to the Summit. We cross the plateau to Nethermost Pike and then descend down Swirral Edge. From here we summit Catstye Cam before returning to Glenridding.
The day was sunny dry and almost no wind. Striding edge is quite exposed and can become tricky in a windy day.