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Striding Edge Helvellyn: Iconic ridges of the Lake District

Striding Edge Helvellyn

Today was day 3 with father & son team Scott & Scott.

A few ideas had been bounced around as to what to do, and with an eye to the weather forecast, we elected Striding Edge Helvellyn.

From the YHA above Glenridding we blasted our way to Red Tarn, a quick breather here whilst looking at map skills and before we had chance for a sit down, it was off again full steam ahead for the ridge.

This speed was for good reason, the rain was due to arrive around 1pm and would be heavy.

Once on Striding Edge, we slowed the pace a little, in order to enjoy the landscape, the rock, the atmosphere, and the beauty of our surroundings.

Sadly such ridges come to an end all too soon, but at least with this one the end is the fine summit of Helvellyn. There were fine views on offer, but we could also observe some nasty weather approaching, so lunch was delayed.

A hasty retreat down Swirral Edge brought us back to the shelter of Red Tarn.

The rain had started, but who cares, we'd had our fun, enjoyed dry rock and extensive summit views, now was the steady plod back to base.

3 hours round trip was pretty impressive. A short day out, but the mileage still done and a major Lakeland peak too.

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