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Helvellyn Walk with Julia Bradbury – Wainwright Walks Helvellyn

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A Wainwright Walk with Julia Bradbury: Helvellyn
Alfred Wainwright is a name synonymous with the Lake District. His much loved pictorial guides provide inspiration to many walkers who visit the area.

We’re starting at the church in Patterdale village. From here we head away from Ullswater taking a gentle stroll along Grizedale Valley. This walk then leads you to the hole-in-the-wall.

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Up ahead is the vast combe of Helvellyn. From up here you start you ascent up Striding Edge. You have a last short steep scramble as you reach the top.

The summit is a short gentle stroll along and then you have made it!

Our walk ends at the summit. From here you will either need to retrace your steps or consult your map on how to get to your next destination.

Alfred Wainwright’s verdict: 
“Striding Edge is the finest ridge there is in Lakeland.

Carpark: Swirls Car park, Keswick CA12 4TW

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Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".