Monday Motivation – Striding Edge –

On the flanks of Helvellyn you will find one of the country’s most popular scrambles and it’s easy to see why. Striding edge is the perfect scrambling introduction and being grade 1 it offers superb views with no requirement for a rope or technical skills. Don’t treat it too lightly though as it still offers and adventurous day out and plenty of exposure.

Grade I – Easy rock scramble with some exposure(Click here for full grade definitions)

Striding Edge and Helvellyn top right

The ridge starts out broad and obvious before narrowing out; its razor sharp fin leads the way to more interesting scrambling where all the fun begins. The rock in most part is excellent quality with no shortage of large handholds and ledges to rest your shaky legs.

Matt Dingley on the middle part of the ridge


As you approach the final part of the ridge the trail gets steeper, be mindful of your fellow scramblers as its not uncommon to dislodge loose rocks onto your friends below.

A small walk from the ridge top you will find Helvellyn, this iconic mountain top offers 360 views of the lakes and also boasts the first mountain landing of a fixed wing aircraft back in 1926

Highlighted in red is the my preferred route. You can also turn off at Girsedale Tarn and follow the broad path into Grisedale valley if you’ve had a big enough day.

About Mountain Matt

I am a qualified Mountain Leader and Single Pitch climbing instructor based in the Midlands. I offer climbing courses, navigation courses and scrambling days in the Peak District, Lake District and North Wales. I contribute to a number of articles in Summit Magazine which is the membership magazine of the British Mountaineering Council.



Scrambling a mountaineering are inherently dangerous activity’s with a risk of injury or death. The author will not be held responsible and would advise you use a mountaineering professional to gain the skills required to safely undertake this ridge.


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