Greenside Mine and Glenridding Beck Circular Stroll

An easy circular walk taking in the Glenridding valley to Greenside Mine and back along the opposite bank, giving wonderful views over the village and teasing the walker with glimpses of the high hills around.

The village of Glenridding is a popular starting point for numerous walks including Striding and Swirral Edges of Helvellyn. It is also very busy with tourists especially on summer weekends.

Many of the buildings around Greenside mine belong to climbing clubs, and one is the Helvellyn Youth Hostel.

Greenside Mine produced over a million tons of galena for smelting into lead. Perhaps its biggest claim to fame are the experiments of Operation Orpheus held in the mine during the height of the Cold War. Two large conventional explosions were carried out to ascertain whether it was possible to obscure an underground nuclear explosion from being detected by the other signatories to the Test Ban Treaty.

There is parking in the centre of Glenridding in the Lake District National Park Authority pay and display car park and at the Ullswater Steamers car park, where cheap rates in the winter months may be preferable.