Helvellyn is Magnificent

Helvellyn – England’s third highest peak and probably the most popular and accessible

View East from the Summit of Helvelly

Swirral Edge - Catstycam - Red Tarn - Striding Edge

No visit to the Lake District is complete in my humble opinion without an ascent of Helvellyn. With all due respect to Beatrix Potter, the “delights” of Windermere, and even sticky toffee pudding, you need to walk up Helvellyn and having done “the edge” marvel at the views or lack of them on a misty day, savour the feeling, descend to Glenridding or Patterdale (always head east!), and enjoy a well earned pint in the Travellers or the White Lion.

The quickest ascent is from Patterdale, up the Grisedale Valley to Hole in the Wall. From there you can either head left to Striding Edge (which has a path below the Edge for those without the urge) and then a scramble up to the summit. Having savoured the views (and probably the crowds!) come back down swirral edge to Red Tarn, and then head back to Glenridding past the old Greenside Mine (now the Helvelyn YHA).

Please check out the website for more walks up Helvellyn. Please also remember to ensure you are properly equipped and check out the weather forecast beforehand. The weather can change rapidly especially near the top, with strong winds and heavy mist making the ascent more challenging and Striding Edge especially treacherous. If in any doubt seek professional advice!


Helvellyn Summit on a clear day

Helvellyn Summit on a clear day

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