Where: Helvellyn Hike from Glenridding and
Patterdale in the Lake District of
When: June 2014
Height: 3,117 ft
The safest hiking route from Glenridding
is out Greenside Road and over the 2,896ft
Raise and 2,831ft White Side mountains. The
slightly dangerous route from Glenridding and
Patterdale is over the 2,355ft Birkhouse
Moor, then along the knife edge ridge of
Hiking up from Patterdale takes you over
Striding Edge. Patterdale car parks are pay
and display, Glenridding is free.
The image below is of Glenridding centre.
There is a lot of free parking in the centre
of Glenridding. Patterdale is less than one
mile straight down the road in the image
The large green sign there is pointing to
Greenside Road and the Travellers Rest, that
road is the most popular route to Helvellyn,
as it gives you the option of both routes
The image below is from the golf course at
the Inn on The Lake in the centre of
Glenridding. The inn has a popular bar diner
This spot gives a good view out to
Helvellyn, that is straight out behind
Birkhouse Moor. The white lines show the two
routes. You do not need to go over the top of
Birkhouse Moor to get to Striding Edge, as
there is a trail around it. Large Image
The image below is of Greenside Road as it
passes the Travellers Rest, a good spot for a
pub, as there is a lot of passing trade.
The image below is from Greenside Road, a
few hundred yards past the Travelers Rest .
That is the trail leading out to Birkhouse
Moor, Striding Edge and Helvellyn. Only take
that route if you have a head for heights,
and like a little danger.
The image below is from Greenside Road as
it heads out to an old mine, and the trail
onto Raise and White Side. White Side and
Helvellyn are over to the left of Raise. This
is said to be the safest and steadiest way to
the top of Helvellyn.
The image below is by Alan Waters from his
hike to Helvellyn from Glenridding via the
Raise and White Side route. This image is
from Helvellyn looking down to Striding Edge,
Red Tarn water, and Ullswater lake in the
distance, behind Birkhouse Moor.
Stridding Edge has a path over the top,
and a path just down from the top most of the
way, both require a head for heights.
View more large images of the Helvellyn
Hike by Alan Waters at:
Alan Waters on Flickr
The Helvellyn Map below shows many of the
routes to this mountain.
Helvellyn is a top mountain with a number
of great routes to suit most hikers.
Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map
and Compass on these hikes, and know how to
use them, as in cloud, these mountains can be
deadly. In Winter, make sure you have
Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use
Helvellyn Photo Tour from