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Lake District - Scramble, Sweat and Swim
Lake District - Scramble, Sweat and Swim

Fri, 19 Aug

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Keswick

Lake District - Scramble, Sweat and Swim

Scramble one of England's most famous ridge, in the heart of the Lake District and spend a day frolicking by the lakes! Striding Edge on Helvellyn Mountain

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Time & Location

19 Aug 2022, 09:00 – 21 Aug 2022, 20:00

Keswick, Helvellyn, Keswick CA12 4TP, UK

About the Event

Scramble one of England's most famous ridge, in the heart of the Lake District and spend a day frolicking by the lakes!

Striding Edge on Helvellyn Mountain. 

A good ridge walk is one of the best days out in the mountains – seeing into two valleys at once, all while heading onwards towards a summit. Ridges vary in their narrowness and exposure, but the most famous are the narrowest of all, where care must be taken, but where exhilaration and adventure are always present. It’s the closest a hillwalker gets to being a mountaineer!

Join us on a weekend where you’ll be guided over one of the UK’s most famous ridges. 

Striding Edge is a long ridge that leads up to the summit of Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain. 

Being with an experienced Hiking Nation Mountain Leader for these ridges will mean being guided safely along them, with expert tips, and the companionship of the group. Although ideally, you’ll have hillwalking experience, you don’t need any ‘technical’ skills for this weekend – nothing more than you would for a normal hillwalking day, but you must be comfortable with heights and have good fitness.

We will also spend a day exploring and enjoying all that Ullswater Lake and its surroundings had to offer. 

This includes swimming in the lake and via a majestic waterfall. On top of that, you will have the option of adding a steamboat trip to your visit or hiring your own watercraft. 

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Hellvelyn and Striding Edge

Length 12.9 km / 8 miles

Distance 6 hours

Elevation gain 864 m / 2830 feet

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Trip Duration: 2 nights  

Accommodation: Hostel  

Level: Moderate to hard. You will need a good level of fitness to take part and a good head for heights.  

Age: Over 18s only

ITINERARY 

FRIDAY 

Travel to the Lake District.

You have three options:

  1. Join our minibus for an extra £58 fee. You will find the option at checkout
  2. Self-drive and be there any time before 10 pm
  3. Use the train to get you to Penrith and back, and our minibus to get you around in the Lake District This is a great option for those who cannot take a day off work. Our minibus will pick you up and drop you off at Penrith Station. Please contact us to arrange times.

The minibus departs from Brent Cross Underground Station at 9 am on Friday.

We will park at Glenridding by the lake where your holiday begins and you spend a few hours enjoying the area. 

SATURDAY 

After breakfast, we’ll head off for Hellvelyn. Luckily, our hostel is at the foot of this mountain making our life a lot easier :-)

We begin by walking up the hill of Birkhouse Moor. From the summit, we get an extensive view of the eastern arms of Helvellyn, including Striding Edge and the hill of Catstye Cam. With views back to Ullswater, and ahead to Red Tarn, we’ll soon begin the traverse of Striding Edge itself.

The Edge is an excellent walk because walkers can always choose between the airy crest of the ridge or the path which winds its way past the most exposed bits only a few metres away. You can always swap between them as you wish, and your Leader will help you decide.

Once on the summit of Helvellyn, we’ll descend by the Swirral Edge, an extra ridge to add to the weekend! Although shorter than Striding Edge, Swirral Edge requires just as much care, and you’ll definitely get a chance to use your hands.

Once down on the path we enjoy an easy stroll back down into Glenridding, once more able to admire the scenery in these secluded valleys.

SUNDAY 

We’ll head to Aria Force waterfalls and we will spend some more time around the lake with activities chosen according to what you prefer. 

FEE

Single room accommodation - £313  

Shared quadruple room - £199

 What’s included 

  • 2 days of guided day walks, with our fully qualified professional leader
  • 2 nights of hostel accommodation
  • Breakfasts 

We will buy packed lunch somewhere nearby

ACCOMMODATION

YHA Hellvelyn

KIT LIST for the hike

  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking or sports clothes
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle

MEALS

We will be having most of our meals from the hostel including packed lunches for the hike on Saturday.

During travel to and from the Lake District, we will stop at a service station for food, which includes our lunch on Friday

TRAVEL 

You have three options:

  1. Self-drive 
  2. Join our minibus for an extra fee. You will find the option at checkout
  3. Use the train to get you to Penrith and back, and our minibus to get you around in the Lake District This is a great option for those who cannot take a day off work, but is the least economic. Our minibus will pick you up and drop you off at Penrith Station. Please contact us to arrange this.

COMMUNICATION

A WhatsApp group will be set up a few days before the trip and the final details will be given to you. Keep checking your messages on Meetup for the link to the group

WAIVER

Please click here to open our waiver form. 

If this is your first trip with us, we advise you to read the document so you understand the risks and conditions to attend the trip. For everyone's safety, you may be refused to continue on a hike and this document explains this in detail.

POLICIES

We no longer offer refunds due to COVID or other illnesses, please make sure you have adequate travel insurance.

By signing up for a trip or event with Hiking Nation you agree to our full Terms and Conditions.

ATTENTION:

1 - It is your responsibility to ensure you check messages on this event and private messages sent to you before the trip starts and up to the morning of the trip.

On occasions, meeting location, time and other details might have to be changed and the event could also be cancelled last minute in case of extreme weather or other unexpected events.

2 - As with any road trip, there is a chance of heavy traffic, accidents and break-downs which could force us to skip parts of the trip, or stop it completely. We will do our best to make your day better, and of course to avoid any of these, but we expect your understanding on these occasions.

We will make a full refund if the trip is cancelled for any reason.

Tickets

  • LD Ridge - Aug 2022 -Quad Room

    Price includes 2 nights accommodation in a same gender 4 bed hostel room. Travel not included.

    £199.00
    +£4.98 service fee
  • Lake District minibus

    Full travel from Brent Cross and back Travel only

    £58.00
    +£1.45 service fee
  • LD Ridge - Aug 22 - Single Roo

    Price per person per room Travel not included

    £313.00
    +£7.83 service fee

Total

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