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Striding Edge
863m (2831ft)

The Eastern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Striding Edge as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
19th highest in England,
42nd in England & Wales

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English Nuttall
23rd highest in England,
49th in England & Wales

Striding Edge (High Spying How) gained Mountain (Hewitt) status in September, 2018.

You can find Striding Edge & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL5 The English Lakes - North Eastern area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Map (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


See Striding Edge and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Striding Edge and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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You can walk to the top of Striding Edge by using any of these 5 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c427 Helvellyn via Striding Edge from Patterdale

Lakeland's 3rd highest via the infamous Striding Edge

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8ml (12.5km)
Ascent:2,990ft (911m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c213 Helvellyn from Glenridding

Lakeland's 3rd highest via the infamous Striding & Swirral Edges - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.5ml (13.5km)
Ascent:3,278ft (999m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c220 Helvellyn via Striding Edge from Glenridding

Lakeland's most climbed mountain via the infamous Striding Edge - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10ml (16km)
Ascent:3,382ft (1,031m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c269 The Grisedale Horseshoe from Patterdale

Lakeland's most climbed mountain - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.5ml (18.5km)
Ascent:4,582ft (1,396m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c264 The Grisedale Round from Patterdale

Superb high level ridge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 13.25ml (21km)
Ascent:5,189ft (1,581m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Striding Edge Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Striding Edge

Christina Lander walked up Striding Edge on June 3rd, 2017 [from/via/route] Glenridding - Striding Edge - Helvellyn - Raise - Sticks Pass - Glenridding [with] Dick [weather] Perfect sunny day during our 1st holiday at Wordsworth Barn, Patterdale

Chris Hughes climbed Striding Edge on June 28th, 2023 [from/via/route] Thirlmere car park [weather] mist / drizzle

Darren Mortimer bagged Striding Edge on April 20th, 2019 [from/via/route] Walked this many times but didn't know it was a mountain. [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Warm & sunny.

Melfyn Parry hiked Striding Edge on May 23rd, 2023 [from/via/route] Started walk from the car park at the Patterdale Hotel, followed route C427 with a couple of changes. Climbed over Striding Edge & then on to Helvellyn but then took a detour to walk out to Lower Man then doubled back to Helvellyn before descending Swirral Edge to then climb too summit of Catstye Cam. From here we descended to Hole in the Wall & then went out to Birkhouse Moor & rather than doubling back to Hole in the Wall to repeat the path back to the carpark we continued beyond the summit along easy to follow paths which led back down to join the return route at NY377158, making a total of 16.4Km [with] With DS [weather] Sunny spells & quite warm at times especially on uphill sections when in lea of the breeze. On the tops the breeze was chilly. - Stunning views in all directions.

Claire Kirk summited Striding Edge on September 1st, 2010 [from/via/route] Patterdale [with] Larry [weather] Warm, clear day

Caroline Winter conquered Striding Edge on August 9th, 2018 [from/via/route] Glenridding, Stiding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge, Catsye Cam [with] Becky [weather] Warm, clear skies, light breeze - After battling with the new Ticket machine at Glenridding CP for 20 mins, we eventually got away. Hot & sticky long ascent. Rather than doubling back, should have taken a direct line to hole in the wall. Third time lucky, due to poor weather, did Striding-perfect conditions. No problem for Becky on tricky climb section. Others struggling! Made for Dolly Waggon Pike, but time & energy against us, so came back to top Helvellyn, & Catsye Cam via Swirral. Enjoyed a needed drink in Hole in the Wall cafe at YH. My boots painful-time for a new Pair.

Angela Haworth scaled Striding Edge on September 26th, 1999 [from/via/route] From Glenridding Birkhouse Moor - Striding Edge- Helvellyn- Swirral Edge - Catstycam [with] children [weather] Dry - .

Andrew Flynn walked up Striding Edge on October 10th, 2020 [from/via/route] C213 Hellvellyn via Striding edge [with] Nicola and some Pumas [weather] Nice day at ground level but foul at the top.

Sarah Culverhouse climbed Striding Edge on September 18th, 2020 [from/via/route] Glenridding [weather] glorious sunshine

Kevin Foster bagged Striding Edge on October 24th, 2019 [from/via/route] Patterdale [with] By myself. [weather] Blue skies (cloud developing later on Striding Edge & Helvellyn). - An easy scramble over rocks takes you to the summit of High Spying How. The cloud had descended a little by this time & the rocks were a bit slippy so I 'chickened out' of sticking strictly to the ridgeline & took the path that runs a few feet below. I even managed to avoid the difficult chimney section at the end of 'The Edge' for the first time ever! The final scramble to the summit was fun though!

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Striding Edge

Striding Edge (left) and Helvellyn from near Hole-in-the-wall

Striding Edge (left) and Helvellyn from near Hole-in-the-wall

Photo: Richard Heeley (2)

Walkers on Striding Edge

Walkers on Striding Edge

Photo: Katherine Horrex (9)

Striding Edge with Helvellyn beyond

Striding Edge with Helvellyn beyond

Photo: William Ringwood (66)

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Striding Edge in all it's glory from Helvellyn

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Striding Edge in all it's glory from Helvellyn

Photo: Stella Whittaker (17)

On Striding Edge

On Striding Edge

Photo: Dean Richardson (3)

Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam from the summit of Birkhouse Moor

Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam from the summit of Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Katherine Horrex (3)

Walkers negotiating Striding Edge

Walkers negotiating Striding Edge

Photo: Katherine Horrex (8)

Birkhouse Moor summit cairn - with Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam beyond

Birkhouse Moor summit cairn - with Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam beyond

Photo: Alan Wainwright (13)

A Frozen Red Tarn from Striding Edge in the Snow

A Frozen Red Tarn from Striding Edge in the Snow

Photo: Tony Price (6)

Birkhouse Moor (foreground) and Striding Edge (right background) from Sheffield Pike

Birkhouse Moor (foreground) and Striding Edge (right background) from Sheffield Pike

Photo: Peter Dryden (24)

Me on Striding Edge

Me on Striding Edge

Photo: Philip Hemsworth (5)

On Striding Edge with Helvellyn summit beyond

On Striding Edge with Helvellyn summit beyond

Photo: Stella Whittaker (15)

Striding Edge

Striding Edge

Photo: Alan Wainwright (23)

Myself, Emma Cooper & Rachel Hargreaves on the summit of Helvellyn after tackling Striding Edge

Myself, Emma Cooper & Rachel Hargreaves on the summit of Helvellyn after tackling Striding Edge

Photo: David Cooper (2)

Helvellyn from Hole-in-the-Wall at the start of Striding Edge

Helvellyn from Hole-in-the-Wall at the start of Striding Edge

Photo: Christian Sky (3)

Helvellyn from the 'Bad Step' at the western end of Striding Edge

Helvellyn from the 'Bad Step' at the western end of Striding Edge

Photo: Alan Wainwright (30)

Striding Edge from the lower slopes of Helvellyn

Striding Edge from the lower slopes of Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (31)

Looking down to Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Looking down to Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: William Ringwood (67)

Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

Photo: Richard Nicholls (35)

Helvellyn and Striding Edge from Nethermost Pike

Helvellyn and Striding Edge from Nethermost Pike

Photo: Alan Wainwright (39)


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