1-day Guided Mountain Hikes Helvellyn via Striding Edge, Lake District
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Walk to the summit of Helvellyn (950m) via the famous arêtes of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge
Reach the summit of Helvellyn – one of England’s best loved mountains – with an experienced Mountain Leader. The walk will take in the classic aretes of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge (Grade 1 scrambles), following one of England’s finest mountain horseshoe walks to the summit of Helvellyn.
Experience the thrill of the mountains, with spectacular views, dramatic landscapes and a real sense of achievement as you reach the summit.
- Experience the thrill of the mountains
- Walk in confidence with a Mountain Leader
- Learn new mountain skills along the way
- Small group sizes (max. 6 per walk)
- Enjoy a full day’s walking along a classic mountain route
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
9:30am: Meet at Glenridding to discuss the day ahead
10am – 5pm: Full day’s mountain hike to the summit of Helvellyn, England’s 3rd highest mountain, via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge
5pm: Debrief back at Glenridding, then head home
NB: All timings are approximate. The route is approximately 13-km (8 miles), with 900m of ascent and descent across mountainous terrain. The route is steep and rocky in places, and includes prolonged sections of scrambling (hands on rock) along the exposed ridges (Grade 1) of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge; a head for heights is required. If it is very windy (30mph+) on the ridges then we may use alternative routes.
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- Some experience of hill walking is preferable as this is a full day’s mountain walk, although full training and guidance will be given.
- A good level of fitness is required as the walks will be demanding and will include steep and mountainous terrain.
- All walks will include uneven ground, rough and mountainous terrain, stream crossings, steep ground and mountain summits; we may experience adverse weather conditions.
- The walk will include a prolonged section of scrambling (hands on rock) along the exposed ridges (Grade 1) of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge in the Lake District, and so a good head for heights is required.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 17,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk. of accident and/or injury By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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