Guided Mountain Hikes Helvellyn Midsummer Sunset Hike
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ guidebooks & Mountain Leader
Climb Helvellyn on a midsummer’s evening and enjoy the sunset across the summit of Britain’s favourite mountain, followed by a dusk into darkness moonlight walk down from the mountains.
Our Helvellyn Midsummer Sunset Hike will follow one of England’s finest mountain walks to the summit of Helvellyn via Birkhouse Moor, Hole-in-the-Wall, Red Tarn and the classic arete of Swirral Edge (Grade 1 scramble), Helvellyn (950m), Helvellyn Lower Man, Whiteside Bank and Keppel Cove.
Our Helvellyn Midsummer Sunset Hike is 9 miles (14 km) of breath-taking mountain scenery, with 1,050m of ascent (and descent) that will take around 7 hours to complete. We will reach the summit of Helvellyn at around 9pm, where you can enjoy in the fading evening light and sunset across the mountains. We’ll then walk back down from the summit at dusk into darkness as the sun sets, arriving back to Glenridding at around midnight.
- Enjoy the peace and solitude of a midsummer’s evening and sunset on Helvellyn
- Experience the thrill of the mountains, including Swirral Edge
- Walk in confidence with a Mountain Leader
- Small group sizes (max. 8 per leader)
- Enjoy a full day’s walking along a classic mountain route
Experience the thrill of the mountains, with spectacular views, dramatic landscapes and a real sense of achievement as you reach the summit and enjoy the experience of a summer sunset on Helvellyn.
OUTLINE OF THE EVENING
5pm: Meet at Glenridding to discuss the evening’s walk
5:15pm – Midnight: Guided mountain hike to the summit of Helvellyn, England’s 3rd highest mountain, via Swirral Edge
Midnight: Return back to Glenridding for a debrief, then head home.
NB: All timings are approximate. Head-torches are essential. The route is approximately 14-km (9 miles), with 1050m of ascent and descent across mountainous terrain. The route is steep and rocky in places, and includes a prolonged section of scrambling (hands on rock) along the exposed ridge (Grade 1) of Swirral Edge; a head for heights is required. If it is very windy (30mph+) on the ridge then we may use an alternative route.
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 this is a strenuous walk that includes steep and mountainous terrain. This is a 9 mile (14km) mountain walk with 1,050m of ascent (and descent). The last two hours of this will be completed at dusk and into darkness.
- 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 ridge (Grade 1) of Swirral Edge in the Lake District (weather permitting), 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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