Helvellyn – Three Peaks Challenge
Recently voted No.1 in Britain’s Favourite Walks – Helvellyn with its hair-raising Striding Edge was a must-add to our #3PeaksInAWeek challenge.
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As well as taking on this challenge ourselves, we’ve invited anyone who would like to join us in getting to the top of their very own three peaks in a week, all to raise awareness for mental health as we truly believe that getting outside & connecting with nature is one of the very best things for your soul.
We put it to the poll across our social media channels & as voted by our awesome followers, headed up to the UK’s stunning Lake District to kick off our challenge with Skiddaw & afterwards headed to the beautiful village of Glenridding to take on the second of our three peaks challenge!
Villages don’t get much more “Lake District” than this, nestled at the southern end of Ullswater, Glenridding boasts pretty spectacular views. There’s enough there to take a wander around for a few hours, have a bite to eat & generally soak up the chilled village vibes. Of course the surrounding mountains make it a great base & starting point for tons of hikes in the area, the most popular probably being the mighty Helvellyn. We chose to park up about 1/2 mile out-of-town – taking the road towards Penrith we found a lakeside parking spot & walked back towards Glenridding to pick up the trail from there.
Taking On The Edge
From Glenridding we headed past the Travellers Rest Inn & took a left towards Gillside Farm camp site. From there we followed the path upstream & carried on turning left until we reached the stone path which led us steeply up & rewarded us with stunning views of Ullswater the whole way.
From here we followed the stone wall until we reached the stile known as the Hole In The Wall, which we passed through & reached the start of Striding Edge. There are 2 possibilities for the edge itself, the narrow ridge or a path running directly alongside it – needless to say we opted for the more adventurous option here.
We followed the Striding Edge all the way to the top of Helvellyn where we looped back down the other side & all the way back to the Gillside Farm camp site. The 8 mile / 13 km took us around 5.5 hours in total, it is well-marked & super easy to follow, however it should be noted that the Striding Edge section is a technical scramble that requires a lot of concentration throughout – there’s a plaque on route that commemorates where artist Charles Gough fell to his death in 1805 & we know there have been a few more since then too. No scare tactics are meant here though guys, we survived & now bring you this blog post but just wanted to point out the risks involved for anyone thinking of taking the Striding Edge on.
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Nearing the top of the second peak of our #3peaksinaweek challenge was both exhilarating & hair raising 😱 We made our ascent along Helvellyn's Striding Edge, the technical scramble was a little knee jerking but was definitely worth the climb 🙌 Have you ever been on a hike that has really challenged you? • • • • • #hikingadventures #hikingchallenge #hellvelyn #stridingedge #lakedistrict #lakeviews #mountainviews #mountainlion #wildadventures #staywild #getoutmore #exploremore #hikinggirls #radgirlslife #adventuretravel #adventureblog #hikingblog #forbettermentalhealth #outsideisgood #feedyoursoul #foryoursoul #soulfood #outdoortherapy #thegreatoutdoors #explorationinspiration #destinationaddict
Although uphill the ascent itself was not too tricky, mainly due to the paths being so well maintained & a big chunk of the hike being along the Striding Edge which required more concentration than actual steam to push ourselves on. It was a fun & steady climb, 908m up in total with the most incredible views pretty much the entire way!
Helvellyn – Three Peaks Challenge
Literally a giant table top of a mountain, after tackling the Striding Edge we took a while at the top of Helvellyn to just to take it all in. From England’s 3rd highest peak we could see three deep glacial coves along with two sharp-topped ridges, one being Striding Edge and the other Swirral Edge.
This honestly has to be one of the most panoramic views in the Lake District with the multiple Lake District ranges in view & the mountains of both Wales & Scotland also poking through. In awe of the inspiring views we were glad to have reached our 2nd peak of our 3 peaks challenge.
Heading back down Swirral Edge, which was nowhere near as tricky as Striding Edge we took the long winding path to the left until we made it back to the Gillside Farm campsite & picked up the path back to Glenridding from there.
For us this was a hike that just carried on delivering, both of us prefer to follow a loop rather than a straight up, straight down path but this was made extra special by the beautiful scenery we encountered the whole way round.
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We would love to hear about your own Lake District three peaks challenge or if you have hiked up Helvellyn Striding Edge edge!
Thanks so much for reading – if you have any questions on our hike at all or would like to know more about our challenge please let us know in the comments or get in touch via our contact page.
Happy adventuring 🙂
Kelly & Adam x