Helvellyn & High Street
Airienteer Posts: 695
edited May 2009 in Routes
I'm off up to the Lakes next weekend, looking to do High Street one day and Helvellyn the next. Firstly, which way should I tackle Helvellyn as I sometimes hear conflicting stories. I'm a decent biker and am experienced in the mountains so don't mind big tricky descents. Secondly, should I ascend High Street from Troutbeck meaning a longer but hopefully more gradual climb or go from Hartsop and get it out the way. Any advice from people with experience in this area would be great. Thanks.
The 5 foot visibility didn't help much either. It was hard to work out which path to take at the top and certainly didn't want to end up on Striding edge lol.
It was an epic ride imo and would love to do it in better weather but I'm not sure my mates would agree
My 2012 Remedy
Planning on doing it sometime this summer
The route is:
After reading / writing that I fancy doing it again! If anyone's got a better route to avoid some of the marshy stuff on Matterdale Common I'd like to see it, as it was the only bit of the ride I didn't enjoy.
The best route up Helvellyn starts on the other side of the lake. Park opposite the church in Martindale, at the top of the zig zags. Ride the Ulllswater singletrack early, before the grockles come out. Go to Glenridding and up the mines road to Keppel Cove. Up the zig zags to Raise then along the ridge to Dollywaggon. Down to Grizedale Tarn, then Patterdale. Return to Martindale over Boredale Hause from Hartsop or Deepdale taking either the direct route through Boredale or going over Beda Fell into Bannerdale.
Dry all the way.
Thanks for that extra route info, I'll check it out on Memory Map.
I did Helvellyn years ago, but from a different perspective. I started in Keswick and rode south down the Western shore of Thirlmere, and then out onto the A592 at Steel End. Go straight across the main road and onto a Forest track which heads south then doubles back North.
Behind the chapel at Wythburn, a bridleway cross the forest track - turn right onto this and it leads you straight up onto Nethermost Pike via Comb Crags. This is a pretty tough scramble but once you're on Nethermost Pike it's a granny-gear trundle to the Summit of Helvellyn.
You can then follow the summit ridge North to White Side. Bear right (North East) here over Raise and head for Sticks Pass. Keep heading North to Great Dodd. You can then either take the left or right bridleways (both skirt round the Western side of the summit of Great Dodd) and make your way North East to the Old Coach Road which runs roughly East-West between Dacre and St John's in the Vale. Join this and head West. Once you hit the B5322 you can then wiggle your way back to Keswick through the lanes. I usually visit Castlerigg Stone Circle on the way back - it helps if you thank the spirits so that they'll look after you next time.
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