Helvellyn is no1…
According to the Great British public, Helvellyn in the Lake District has been voted number one in a poll of 100 amazing walks.
The program featured the best places to walk across the country, with routes voted on by the public. The program was first broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 30th January at 7.30pm – if you missed it, you can still watch Julia Bradbury and Ore Oduba on ITV Player while the program is still available.
Helvellyn is England’s third Highest peak; the highest being Scafell Pike, which is also featured in the top ten, coming in at number five.
…….. THE ROUTE …….
(Please use a map and plan your own route carefully, this is only a short roundup description)
Either a circular or linear route can be taken from Glenridding carpark, which is the most popular start/end point.
- The most popular, but definitely more difficult route up Helvellyn is to take the path leading over ‘Striding Edge’; a rocky, narrow ridge running between Birkhouse Moor and Helvellyn.
- So, your first peak en-route is actually Birkhouse Moor, which involves a steep climb to the top, pretty much from the get-go. You will however, be rewarded with amazing views over Ullswater on a clear day.
- From Birkhouse Moor, heading towards Helvellyn, you will eventually begin you climb of Striding Edge. Steeply descending on both sides, and rough under foot- this is not a route for the faint-hearted! If it is extremely icy or windy then there is a side path which follows the ridge a few metres below to the right on the North side… slightly easier under conditions, but still no walk in the park.
- After ascending via striding edge, there is a short climb down (Literally a hands and feet job, unless you choose to take the path around), and then your final assent to Helvellyn’s Peak! Definitely an exciting climb, and a fab day’s walk in the right conditions. The views are just spectacular!
- The circular route takes you back down via Red Tarn (with a potential diversion via Catseye Cam – highly recommended if you have any energy/time left!) then following the beck down the valley back to Glenridding. If you’d rather avoid Striding edge altogether, with its wonderful views, but fair share of scrambling and knife edge excitement, you can take this route up the valley instead, and head back the same way.
- Take care if you are planning to walk Helvellyn at any time of year, as it is considered a difficult route, and is not suggested for those of a low physical fitness level.
However you’re planning on walking Helvellyn, always go prepared for the worst elements, even on a sunny day. Always carry a map, full waterproofs, torch (preferably a head-torch), food and water. Also check out our range of Helvellyn cottages for a cosy base camp in the Lakes.
Our suggested map for this route is OS Landranger 90 – Get it on the OS website HERE
If you’re planning your walking trip up Helvellyn this year, check out some of our nearby cottages HERE
If you loved seeing Max and Paddy on the program, follow them HERE
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