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.
If you need accommodation we have details of 11 properties offering rooms near the start of this walk. Here are some examples:
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
The walk starts at Glenridding Beck bridge beside the village shops. Bear right to the one way system around the village greenspace. Turn left into Greenside Lane, signposted to Gillside Farm and Helvellyn Youth Hostel. It also has a 6'6" restriction.
Follow the lane past the Travellers Rest Inn, continue round to the right in front of the grit box and bench. Shortly after bear left, the road climbs to and passes in front of a row of cottages.
Cross the cattle grid and continue on the rough metalled track. After a while it changes to concrete. Reaching the mine buildings, bear right to the YHA and bunkhouse parking area. At the end, bear right following the footpath signs. Then bear left onto a track signposted "Red Tarn and Helvellyn". Bear left again to the gated wooden footbridge.
Over the bridge, and turn left onto a rough path traversing along the hillside. When the path splits the higher is wider and keeps height, the lower undulates some. Keep on the higher track for now.
The slopes above you are mainly grass and bracken. After a while notice the small boulder with a juniper bush hat.
Continue traversing the hillside.
Before reaching Mires Beck the path appears to be blocked by a low wall. Bear left in front of the wall to drop down to the lower path alongside the enclosure wall. Now follow this path to the gate above Gillside Farm, go through the gate onto the initially stone pitched path dropping down to the gravelled track.
Follow the track, and then road past Gillside camp site, over the bridge and back to the junction with Greenside Road.
Bear right back into the village.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Lanty's Tarn, Birkhouse Moor, Red Tarn, Catstycam||80m (88 yards) away|
|Helvellyn, The Classic Ridges of Striding and Swirral Edge||107m (118 yards) away|
|White Side and Raise, from Glenridding||108m (119 yards) away|
|Lanty's Tarn, Keldas, and Patterdale Circular||114m (125 yards) away|
|Glenridding Dodd||120m (132 yards) away|
|Glenridding Dodd, Heron Pike and Sheffield Pike||120m (132 yards) away|
|Place Fell and a stroll alongside Ullswater||1.2km (0.8 miles) away|
|Birks and Arnison Crag||1.4km (0.9 miles) away|
|A visit to Place Fell overlooking Ullswater||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|St Sunday Crag and Grisedale Tarn||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Aira Force and Gowbarrow Fell||3.4km (2.1 miles) away|
|A short walk to Hart Side from Park Brow||3.7km (2.3 miles) away|
|The Dovedale Round: Hartsop above How, Hart Crag, High Hartsop Dodd||4.0km (2.5 miles) away|
|Rest Dodd and The Nab||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
|Around Hayeswater Reservoir||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
|Brock Crags and Angletarn Pikes circular walk from Hartsop||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
|Pasture Beck Round, from Hartsop||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
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