The route traverses the flank of White Side to join the ridge at the col just below Lower Man. Of course, the best way to get up there is to climb via the finest ridge in the District, Striding Edge! Stannah at Legburthwaite is the starting point for the bridleway to Sticks Pass, from which Helvellyn can be approached along the main ridge track from the north. Summit Classification: Birkett Hills in the Lake District, Fellranger, Hewitt Hills in England Wales and Ireland, Nuttalls Hill … Its stunning ridges, Striding Edge and Swirral Edge are the two most popular routes that make it England’s best mountain. The remains of the dam in Brown Cove can be seen, but again water leaks freely through it.  Harriet Martineau in 1855 described the ascent from Patterdale. Nethermost Pike also has an east ridge which gives an alternative route to Helvellyn from Grisedale, which many walkers overlook. The top of Helvellyn is a broad plateau, trending roughly from north-west to south-east for about a kilometre between Lower Man and the start of Striding Edge. The dam in Keppel Cove is still in place, but water now leaks through its base. This may begin (and finish) at Mill Bridge near Grasmere. The man left home at two in the morning, rode to Glencoyne and left his horse at a house in the valley there. The eastern side of the fell is geographically the most dramatic. This joins the summit ridge at its southern end, not far from Helvellyn's summit. However, when Thirlmere reservoir was built, a leat was constructed to capture the water of Helvellyn Gill, so that it is now directed into the reservoir. It finally closed in 1880 when Manchester Corporation acquired the land for the Thirlmere reservoir. The old pony route took a very safe and steady route for the benefit of early visitors, who took horses and a guide from the inn. Route Map & Profile Walk Grading. Many routes up the mountain are possible so that it may be approached from all directions. The culminating point of a great north-south massif it sweeps gently down to the west whilst its finest features and corries are to the east, where Red Tarn is cradled between the ridges of Swirral and Striding Edge. Descent Route: Grasmere. The subsidiary top, Helvellyn Lower Man, is about 700 m (770 yd) to the north-west. Scafell Pike – 978 m/ 3,281 ft The north-east ridge is known as Swirral Edge, a sharp arête which joins the summit ridge at a point half-way along, and which terminates in the shapely pyramid of Catstye Cam. Pictorial Guide: Eastern Fells. In particular he commemorated the death of Charles Gough, a tourist in the Lake District who set out to cross Striding Edge to reach the peak of Helvellyn. Our ascent/descent follows the most direct non-technical route to the summit from Swirls Car Park near Thirlmere which also affords the shortest distance to/from Skiddaw or Scafell Pike with the minimum amount of link transport and mileage on foot. Location NY 341151, Latitude 54.527232, longitude -3.016054. Height: 3,118 feet (950 metres) Location: Lake District; Difficulty: Moderate – Strenuous; With 3,118 feet (950 metres) of height, the Helvellyn is the second highest mountain in England, and the Lake District. All the walking routes up Helvellyn One of the earliest accounts of an ascent of Helvellyn for the pleasure of doing so is contained in James Clarke's guidebook of 1787. Helvellyn at 950 metres (3114 feet) Skiddaw at 931 metres(3053 feet) Great End at 910 metres (2986 feet) Bowfell at 902 metres (2940 feet) Great Gable at 899 metres (2960 feet) Pillar at 892 metres (2926 feet) Nethermost Pike at 891 metres (2923 feet) Catstycam at 890 metres (2920 feet) 10 Surprising facts about Mountains . ), From Glenridding a similar long but safe and easy walk (11.5 km (7.1 mi)) follows Greenside Road, past the old lead mine and towards Keppel Cove. Col Height: 827. (at 74 this is a factor!) Attempts on 15 December and on 21 December were abandoned. It is fitting that this third film in the Life of a Mountain trilogy is about Helvellyn and its environs as it is the third highest mountain in the Lake District at 3116 feet, only surpassed by Scafell Pike and Scafell, nine miles to the west. The snow was covered with dust so he had to dig for clean snow to eat with his dinner. Red Tarn, enclosed between Striding Edge and Swirral Edge, is about 25 m (82 ft) deep, but in the mid-nineteenth century a dam was built to increase its capacity and supply the needs of the Greenside Mine near Glenridding. £16.99 FOLLOWING on from the award winning films, Life of a Mountain Scafell Pike in 2015 and Life of a Mountain Blencathra in 2016, Terry Abraham started work … Standing at a height of 3,117 feet, Helvellyn is the 3rd highest of the Lake District fells as classified by Alfred Wainwright, and a worthy challenge whatever the weather.