Striding Edge

Start point: Patterdale (NY 394 160)

Patterdale – Striding Edge – Helvellyn Nethermost Pike Dollywaggon Pike – Hause Gap – Fairfield Cofa Pike Saint Sunday Crag Patterdale

Distance: 11 miles     Total Ascent: 1410 metres     Time Taken: 7 hours

Weather: Sunny spells, icy wind. 3ºC.

The snow has begun to thaw and it was all a bit dull and overcast when I set off from Patterdale this morning. Once up to the Hole-in-the-Wall though, there were regular sunny spells and the crossing of Striding Edge is a s fantastic as ever in winter conditions. I lengthened the walk by climbing to Fairfield after the Helvellyn ridge but the wind was mighty strong and cold up there and it made walking quite difficult at times. The days are pretty short at the moment and the descent was mirrored by the setting of the sun.

NOTE: This walk was done in winter conditions and it can be extremely hazardous up on Striding Edge in this weather. Just because I did it with my dog doesn’t mean to say you can. Please make sure you are properly equipped for the conditions.

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