Helvellyn and the Edges - Open Ascents


Striding & Swirral Edge

Guided Walk

The Lake District's must-do walk and one of the most popular walks in Britain.


Ascend the 3rd highest peak in England in true mountain style. Scramble along Striding Edge whilst looking down at Red Tarn till you reach the summit and enjoy views over the northern Lakes. Descend via the easier Swirral edge and return back to Glenridding in beautiful mountain settings.

Tackle the mighty Striding Edge one of the best circular walks in Britain. The lofty ridge will give you a real sense of exposure as you move over the rocks to the summit of Helvellyn.

If that's not for you we can ascend the mountain via one of the many other fantastic routes all offering brilliant views.


This walk normally takes four and a half hours and is accessible for beginners with a good head for heights, however our guides can assist you and the more technical sections are avoidable.


The Must Do Mountain

Total Ascent 1200m. Summit 950m

Ratio 1:6

Suitable for Beginner & upwards
Prices Start From £27pp
See FAQ For Prices & More Info
Striding Edge
Striding Edge

Frequently asked questions

How much does it cost & ratios?

Our standard bookings are priced per day for a guided experience. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Standard Guiding Summer & Winter Walking & Hiking (no ropes) £160 per day up to 1:6 ratio Summer & Winter Climbing / Scrambling (With ropes) £180 per day up to 1:2 ratio --------------------------------------------------------------------

What kit will I need?

For summer and winter hill walking you will need to be kitted up well for a day on the mountain, Please see the kit list at the bottom of the page. Maps and Compass will be provided if needed. Winter walking and courses. Helmet, Ice axe, Crampons will be provided All PPE personal protective equipment will be supplied by Open Ascents. For climbing and mountaineering this include, Helmet, Harness, Ropes and protection. You will need to bring your own climbing or mountaineering footwear. Please see FAQ section for kit list on bottom header of website.

How & Why to book with us.

Simply give us a ring or send us an email for the personal touch we will provide you with a booking for and thats it done! Simple ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - Experianced and qualified expert Guide - First aid qualified - 1% Charity Promise - Subsidised Courses - Client lead booking - Prestige Booking with no portals and no middle men - No spam, just continued intreast in your mountaineering journey There are many many outdoor providers out there. Do they all give 1% of their profit to charity? We are proud to support local charities, we are even prouder to provide subsidies courses once a year for people who feel the cost of a course is beyond them. Our drive and determination to provide unique client lead learning has led us to producing what we feel is a prestige approach to bookings. To put it simply all our bookings are bespoke. We will work hard with you prior to any payment to get the right plan in place for your adventures and courses. Your contact comes in directly to us, no booking portals and no middle man. Despite being called Open Ascents our bespoke bookings are private to you and your groups so we can focus on your own needs. We view your time with us as part of your ongoing mountaineering journey, we will continue to make contact with you after the bookings however there will be no spam, priding ourselves in creating relationships as you progress through your mountaineering life. Hey not to mention our expert guides with decades of experience and qualification.

What if there is bad weather?

It might not be sunny all the time but we have enough local knowledge to seek out the best venues and will advise when booking the most ideal alternatives for on the day. If the weather and conditions are truly unworkable then we can reschedule for a better time at no extra cost.

What is our start & end location?

Once you book we will send you all the information about where to meet us, timings and content of the day. We can even advise on the best locations to look for accomidation.