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Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edges
Introduction to Walk 1156

Photo from the walk - Helvellyn via Striding and Swirral Edges

Nat Park - Lake District

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 9.5 miles / 15.4 km

Ascent - 3250 feet / 985 metres

Grade - hard

This walk to Helvellyn's summit traverses both Striding Edge and Swirral Edge and is a great Lake District walk. This is the classic route onto Helvellyn and starts from Glenridding. Striding Edge is not for the feint hearted and should be treated with respect. A GPX File is available for download (see walk description).

Walk Description  Map showing start
 

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Grade - moderate
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Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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