No more excuses…it’s time for Striding Edge and a bit more besides..

With a rapid Friday getaway from Sevenoaks I was in the Lakes by 16.00 hrs, so plenty of time for a swifty and a goulash in the Dog and Gun (Keswick).

Too excited on Saturday morning so up at 05.30 for a glorious sun dappled drive to Glenridding and to meet Jason, the intrepid guide who was destined to help me find my way up the fabled hillock – Striding Edge.

The walk, only 7.5 miles started in earnest at the Ullswater Tourist Office at Glenridding, taking in a fairly tedious ascent of about an hour but which had beautiful views back down to the lake.

Marching onto the often perilous Striding Edge, but with the newly acquired nickname of Rockweiler, I found the clamber up no trouble at all, two others in our party of four did get the fear half way up but no one bottled out with a straight up the ridge approach taken by all.  There were a few unruly mutts on the hill each attempting to trip up a few climbers, not your style ey Rufus?

The descent via Swirral Edge came about all too soon and was possibly a little harder than Striding Edge had been.  In the wrong conditions it is clear that this walk would be a significantly tougher nut to crack but on a clear sunny day in July it was a truly wonderful walk don’t be put off and do get in touch with Jason at Lake District Guiding if you need a guide.

The Borrowdale next, another stunning part of the lakes, with access to Scafell Pike and a heap of other expansive, challenging, fabulous hills.

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