Catstye Cam / Helvellyn / White Side

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
8.97 940 7
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Difficult 7 7


The weather report said it had snowed in The Lakes overnight, with decent accumulations above 500 metres. With a sunny day on the cards a walk there was a must.

It was a windy day, perhaps gusting to 50mph, so I gave Striding Edge a miss and decided to go on a less popular route directly to Catstye Cam, then up Swirral Edge to Helvellyn. Perhaps not the best way up there, but it’s still a great route. The walk down from White Side over Glenridding Common is easy on the knees as well, so that’s a bonus!

Helvellyn has a very central position, and the views, perhaps obviously, are up there with the best in the lakes. While Swirral Edge is not as exposed as it’s neighbour, it’s still a technical scramble and care should be taken on the ascent.

A great route to the third-highest point in England, especially if you want to avoid the exposure of Striding Edge 🙂

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