Helvellyn & Fairfield

Category: Hike

The Route:
A long route incorporating one of the most spectacular ridge walks in the Lake District, Striding Edge, as well as many iconic summit points. From Patterdale we will climb a good path up to Lanty's Tarn where we will follow the ridge onto Birkhouse Moor. This section of the walk has wonderful views of the crags along Striding Edge and Helvellyn, with views down in the opposite direction over Ullswater to the Eden Valley on a clear day. The route follows the ridge climbing onto Striding Edge where we will follow the exposed sharp ridge until the final steep climb to the summit of Helvellyn. Alternatively we can ascend Swirral Edge, a fair less exposed climb up to the summit of Helvellyn and pick up the set route from the summit. From Helvellyn we walk south along the top of the fells which on a clear day offers a spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding mountains with Windermere in the distance. The route passes Nethermost Pike, High Crag and Dollywagon Pike before descending to Grisedale Tarn. At the tarn we begin to climb the steep path heading up from Hause Gap to the summit of Fairfield. Once at the summit we begin to descend to Deepdale Hause for our final ascent of the day which is St Sunday Crag. Following the good path down into Patterdale and the Patterdale Hotel where the journey began. Alternatively if the full duration of the route is proving difficult we can begin an immediate descent from Grisedale Tarn down the valley following Grisedale Beck. Following the path approaching Lanty Tarn from the south and continuing back down into Patterdale.

Where to Meet:
From the South Lakes: From the A591 between Ambleside and Windermere turn onto the A592. Follow this road over the Kirkstone Pass descending to Brothers Water. After the road passes a turning to the right, continue past Brothers Water to the village of Patterdale where the Patterdale Hotel will be seen to the left, we will meet outside the Hotel entrance, a pay and display car park is opposite the hotel. From the North Lakes: From the A66 between Keswick and Penrith turn off onto the A592, near the Rheged Centre, signposted to Ullswater, follow this road south along the shore of Ullswater past the villages of Glenridding to Patterdale. The Patterdale Hotel will be seen on the right hand side, we will meet outside the Hotel entrance, a pay and display car park is opposite the hotel.


Friday June 09 2017 at 09:00 am 8 Hours

PRICES£28 Individual


A printed map and route card for the days walk is provided for each client so that they can follow the days progress.

Each client is expected to bring suitable personal equipment, this should include the following:
Walking Boots / Walking shoes
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable warm clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops
Packed lunch
Torch (Preferably a head-torch)
Warm hat


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Further details can be found on the Lake District Walker website.

Website: http://www.thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk

Email: info@thelakedistrictwalker.co.uk

Telephone: 0844 693 3389


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