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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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See the location of Striding Edge and all 5 walks that climb it on an interactive Google Map


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

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

Darren Mortimer climbed 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 bagged 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 hiked Striding Edge on September 1st, 2010 [from/via/route] Patterdale [with] Larry [weather] Warm, clear day

Caroline Winter summited 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 conquered 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 scaled 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 walked up Striding Edge on September 18th, 2020 [from/via/route] Glenridding [weather] glorious sunshine

Kevin Foster climbed 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!

Clare Tait bagged Striding Edge on September 12th, 2014 [from/via/route] Parked at Swirls & took bus to Dunmail Raise. Good paths & great views. On to Helvellyn & back down to Swirls. Good route. [with] Charlie [weather] Sunshine - Beautiful views.

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

Striding Edge, (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam (right) from Birkhouse Moor

Striding Edge, (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam (right) from Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Christian Sky (1)

On Striding Edge in mist

On Striding Edge in mist

Photo: Ian Gaylard (7)

Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

Photo: John Friskney (1)

On Striding Edge

On Striding Edge

Photo: Dean Richardson (4)

Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Red Tarn taken from Hole-in-the-Wall at the beginning of Striding Edge

Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Red Tarn taken from Hole-in-the-Wall at the beginning of Striding Edge

Photo: Stella Whittaker (13)

On Striding Edge

On Striding Edge

Photo: Robyn English (1)

On Striding Edge

On Striding Edge

Photo: Chris Oakley (1)

Looking back east along Striding Edge toward St Sunday Crag

Looking back east along Striding Edge toward St Sunday Crag

Photo: Stella Whittaker (14)

On Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

On Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

Photo: Iain Macdonald (1)

Emma Cooper & Rachel Hargreaves tackling Striding Edge

Emma Cooper & Rachel Hargreaves tackling Striding Edge

Photo: David Cooper (1)

On the summit of Helvellyn

On the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Dean Richardson (6)

On Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

On Striding Edge (Helvellyn)

Photo: Jerry Obeney (2)

On Striding Edge

On Striding Edge

Photo: Wayne Hill (82)

Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Katherine Horrex (12)

En-route to Rossett Pike from Great Langdale

En-route to Rossett Pike from Great Langdale

Photo: Terry Clarke (1)

Family group having completed Striding Edge before the last pull up to Helvellyn.

Family group having completed Striding Edge before the last pull up to Helvellyn.

Photo: John Turner (16)

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)

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Roger Stone (1)

Helvellyn, Red Tarn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Striding Edge

Helvellyn, Red Tarn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Striding Edge

Photo: Alan Wainwright (14)

Striding Edge and Helvellyn (in mist) with Birkhouse Moor in front, Catstycam and Sheffield Pike from Gowbarrow Fell (Airy Crag)

Striding Edge and Helvellyn (in mist) with Birkhouse Moor in front, Catstycam and Sheffield Pike from Gowbarrow Fell (Airy Crag)

Photo: Gerry Ball (31)


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