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Scramble two of England's most famous ridges, in the heart of the Lake District

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  • Duration

    Multiple durations available
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    3 Three

A good ridge walk is one of the best days out in the mountains – seeing into two valleys at once, all while heading onwards towards a summit. Ridges vary in their narrowness and exposure, but the most famous are the narrowest of all, where care must be taken, but where exhilaration and adventure are always present. It’s the closest a hillwaker gets to being a mountaineer!

Join us on a weekend where you’ll be guided over two of the Lake District’s most famous ridges. Striding Edge is a long ridge that leads up to Helvellyn, England’s third highest mountain. Sharp Edge is shorter but harder, a definite hands-on affair that leads to Blencathra, a famous peak in the north of the Lakes.

Being with an experienced Large Outdoors Mountain Leader for these ridges will mean being guided safely along them, with expert tips, and the companionship of the group. Although ideally you’ll have hillwalking experience, you don’t need any ‘technical’ skills for this weekend – nothing more than you would for a normal hillwalking day. This weekend will be run as a small group.

Dates and Locations:

  • Friday 17th – Sunday 19th April 2020 – Derwentwater Hostel
  • Friday 24th July – Sunday 26th July 2020 – Derwentwater Hostel

Striding Edge

In a nutshell:

  • Attempt traverses of Striding Edge and Sharp Edge over a weekend in the Lake District
  • Relax in our sociable accommodation, with food provide and great views of the Northern Fells
  • Be accompanied by a fully qualified Mountain Leader, who will introduce you to these fantastic ridges
  • Enjoy the atmosphere of the Lake District, and explore the local pubs and cafes

Day walk on Blencathra and Sharp Edge in the Lake District

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You can arrive at any time after 5pm, where you can begin to soak in the beauty of the local surroundings. Your Large Outdoors host will be there to greet you, we will then serve a welcome dinner for 8pm.


After breakfast we’ll head off for Glenridding, the village that stands right next to Ullswater, and the starting point for our first walk.

We begin by walking up the hill of Birkhouse Moor. From the summit we get an extensive view of the eastern arms of Helvellyn, including Striding Edge and the hill of Catstye Cam. With views back to Ullswater, and ahead to Red Tarn, we’ll soon begin the traverse of Striding Edge itself.

Striding Edge

The Edge is an excellent walk because walkers can always choose between the airy crest of the ridge, or the path which winds its way past the most exposed bits only a few metres away. You can always swap between them as you wish, and your Leader will help you decide.

Once on the summit of Helvellyn, we’ll descend by the Swirral Edge, an extra ridge to add to the weekend! Although shorter than Striding Edge, Swirral Edge requires just as much care, and you’ll definitely get a chance to use your hands.

Once down on the path we enjoy an easy stroll back down into Glenridding, once more able to admire the scenery in these secluded valleys.

Striding Edge


We’ll head off for the base of Blencathra. It’s a shorter walk-in today, but a dramatic one as we head round to the eastern side of the mountain, up Mousthwaite Comb and the valley behind to reach Scales Tarn.

From here the ridge of Sharp Edge is right above us, and after a short extra walk from the tarn we’ll be on it. Although a lot shorter than Striding Edge, Sharp Edge is… well … sharper! You’ll definitely need your hands for a section or two, but the narrowness just adds to the fantastic views, and you’ll be elated when you’re walking up the final grassy slope to the mountain summit.

Taking in views over Keswick and the northern Lake District, we’ll descend via a grassy path.

Having completed several of the classic Lake District ridges, we hope you leave this weekend confident in your ability as a hillwalker, and keen to see more of the ‘exposed’ parts of mountains.

About the location

The Lake District National Park

The Lake District hardly needs an introduction – England’s highest mountains, its largest and deepest lakes, and miles of walking trails through natural woodlands and country parks. Famous for the Lakes poets, including Wordworth, and with a hillwalking tradition going back to and beyond the legendary Wainwright, every walker needs to visit ‘The Lakes’. The two mountains we’ll be on this weekend are in the north and east of the National Park, and we’ll have the chance to admire England’s second largest lake, Ullswater, and on a clear day see all the other famous hills of this part of the world!

Good to know:

Venue Address:

17th – 19th April 2020, 24-26th July 2020. 

Derwentwater Independent Hostel
Barrow House,
CA12 5UR

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September 2019 

Patterdale YHA
CA11 0NW

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunch for Saturday.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.

  • The Basics:

    Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

    Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

    Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

  • Dietary:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.


    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket / room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

  • Useful Links:

    Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

    For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page

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What our members have to say...

  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
    Member Since 2018
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
    Member Since 2016
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