Striding EdgeAn 80-year-old man has died after falling from Striding Edge yesterday.

Sydney Ambrose Smith, of Threlkeld in Cumbria, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital after tumbling 90m (300ft) from the edge on Helvellyn. He was walking alone at the time.

Striding Edge 

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team went to aid the stricken walker and a helicopter from RAF Kinloss airlifted him to Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle.

The coroner Ian Smith has been informed.

In January this year, two men died on Helvellyn within four days of each other. David Burke of Newcastle fell to his death from Striding Edge following the fatal fall of Michael Hollinshead, of Bolton, Greater Manchester, who was blown from the summit plateau into Brown Cove.

A ten-year-old boy and his father survived a fall on Striding Edge in March this year.

Striding Edge is classed as a grade-one scramble, with little technical difficulty but long sections with exposure to fall.

This winter, fell-top weather assessors warned that Helvellyn had become liable to avalanche.