I've seen kids under 10 doing striding edge. Peak Bagging I'd rate them the same as you've listed them. Since striding edge I have gone on to do bristly ridge which in parts I found far more difficult to climb. The hardest bit of the hike for me was the steep slog up towards the ridge. var x = document.getElementById('password'); “Most of the accidents occur in winter, when Helvellyn becomes a full-blown mountaineering adventure.” Every year, mountain rescue volunteers are called out to dozens of accidents on this ridge and Swirral Edge, its neighbour to the north. Next: 8 Hikes That Are Easier Than Everest Base Camp But Still Challenging Bristley ridge is good on the Glyders as its not too long and gives you a good start to some of the more hairier ones such as Crib Goch [Snowdon] and Sharp Edge [Blencathra]. He persuaded me to come. Regardless of what route you choose, be sure that you have a good level of fitness and sufficient experience of climbing. Let’s kick off with Striding Edge. Hi, we've never done any technical climbing and we managed ok, even without poles. x.type = 'password'; That being said the views are spectacular and you have to do it! One of the most famous walks in England is along a high ridge in the Lake District called Striding Edge. The lodge is all ground floor and sleeps six people in three bedrooms - one double, one room with adult bunks and one twin with 2'6" beds. Camping How much it cost to download the 59 walks that climb all 214 Wainwrights? I reckon it's more satisfying this way round, and, as someone else said, it's definitely easier tackling the step on Striding Edge this way. Anyone attempting to walk along it must have a good head for heights and be sure footed. I am aware that Striding Edge is a very narrow knife edge though, and don`t want to put the dog, ourselves or anyone else in danger. I have the same question as Archie. I did a lot of it backwards, face to the mountain; I was more confident using my hands as well as my feet. Just a wimpy counter to the many "it's easy" viewpoints! Photo Gallery his legs were OK but oviously a head wound cannot be laughed off so our guide aborted the route and we went down the way we came to where the ambulance was waiting at Glenridding. There are two descents, one is thin and "chimney like" and an easier set of platforms that can be descended with your "bum to the rock" sitting on places. Pack plenty of food and drinks and extra clothes and waterproofs, hats and gloves. My father suffers from a fear of heights - he gets dodgy feelings on the edge of a curb - but my advice to him and anyone else struggling with this kind of walk would be; take your time and go at your own pace, go with someone who is experienced in walking the route previously, allow plenty of time during the day for the walk (nothing worse than getting caught out by the setting sun if you've had to take it slowly during the day) and finally, don't feel embarrassed, ashamed or weak if you have to turn around. x.type = 'text'; I would also point out that the first time I did these ridges I was a little nervous as I was an inexperienced fell walker with only about 3 months walking under my belt, but once I got to the summit cairn all fear left me and have been doing the edges ever since. The weather was literally perfect, sun was shining enough to require sun cream but there was a light cool breeze which didn't change much as we made the long slog to the Hole in the Wall powered by Capri-Sun and dairy milk. That took 3 hours and only one part was tiringly steep. A. We then tried Swirrall Edge where we witnessed a group of teenagers walk down with seeming ease. A. I've been across Striding Edge many times in just about every weather condition. You get so many twats doing it in fancy dress for charity having never set foot on a hill before or you get your Julia Bradbury fucknuts who have a copy of a wainwright book and no idea. The path disappears into the rocks at some points and you have to kind of make your own route through, some of which involves lowering yourself down through waist height crevices. Have done lots of ridges, Striding Edge [Helvellyn] in full winter via Swirral [Edge] is what i would call hard and dangerous as you are quite exposed and a slip would be fatal. up the Chimney, I would probably be OK. A. I've just returned from my trip and we didn't do Helvellyn at all, it was still quite snowy with the possibility of ice too - maybe another time. The man suffered head injuries in the fall from Striding Edge on Helvellyn. Zoom in to see updated info. If the leaders (on the 1974 and 1981 occasions they were from Forest Side CHA Centre, Grasmere) could do the walk in the opposite direction, i.e. A. I learned some lessons that day; don't go alone, make sure someone knows your intended route and timing, and now I'm over 70, do a few practice climbs before attempting a big one. So in conclusion if it's a nice day then have a go, be careful, take your time and enjoy what will be a fantastic achievement. Then we walked the entire summit slope down past Dollywaggon, which gives you phenomenal views across to the West for a good hour. I do not have a fear of heights i might add. Down stone steps to Grisedale Beck and a pleasant downhill through the valley with lovely views along Ullswater. See Help > FAQs - Logging On for details on how to enable cookies in your browser. For help see Help. Walks I was told, yes, a dog would manage fine. It was an unnerving but salutary reminder of just how dangerous Striding Edge could be. How safe is the striding edge portion of the hike? Any craggy bit would do, just make sure your hand and footholds are secure. For help logging on, see Help > FAQs > Logging On. My two boys have climbed Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike via Mickeldore whilst aged 5 and 6/7 so the distance was never going to be a problem, this however was their first ridge walk and when we climbed the style at the hole we swapped sun caps for scooter helmets and after a quick weather assessment (still very fine) I asked the boys how they felt and offered them the chance to round Red Tarn and climb Catstycam instead and take in the views and save the ridge walk for a other day, the boys unanimously voted to take on Striding Edge and summit Helvellyn. You have to watch your step! Despite what you may have heard, edging isn't bad for you. But then so you could be on any other mountain! There are craggy bits along the ridge that you could have a little play on as you go. Striding Edge is the photo diary of Sean McMahon’s fell walks, capturing the beauty and moods of the wonderful Cumbrian landscape. 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