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Helvellyn is one of the highest mountains in the Lake District of northern England. It is between Lake Thirlmere and Lake Ullswater. My map shows a small pond near the top.

Elevation (feet): 3,117
Elevation (meters): 950
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Lake District
Latitude: 54.527
Longitude: -3.01752
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Year first climbed: Pre 1806
Nearest major airport: Manchester / Leeds & Bradford
Convenient Center: Keswick

Thanks to Mark de Saint-Rat for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 60 trip reports for Helvellyn.

  • Log #20900 - by Mark on Aug 01, 20073.00 stars
    A damp misty day no crowds anywhere, with brief views of the surrounding area - will be back on a better day. I had heard Helvellyn described as the "Brian Blessed" of a mountain - having seen it...
  • Log #12219 - by Geoff Pickles on July 01, 20043.00 stars
    (Set of at 11.30am From the car park and got back at 5.00pm.) Climbed to the top on a nice sunny day with my three dogs (Buster Tara and Tess)Had a little problem with the dogs at the end of Striding...
  • Log #12220 - by dave & caroline on Oct 08, 19993.00 stars
    set off from glenridding back pack & all,kids & not forgetting her in doors a nice gentle stroll got to red tarn left the baggage there & went up alone the only problem with that is you've no one to...
  • Log #12221 - by Jonny on Oct 08, 20053.00 stars
    It is a really cool hill. An easy walk for all the family. Striding edge is really fun! We set off from Glenridding and went up via the tarn that I have named 'mankey tarn' (as it is mankey and it...
  • Log #12222 - by Sue & Philip Powell on June 05, 20043.00 stars
    2nd time, via Striding Edge. Right across the top edge this time! Great views.
  • Log #12223 - by Lewis Dinsdale on May 17, 20043.00 stars
    Walkers: Simon Elliott, Matt Nice & Lewis Dinsdale. Set off from Glenridding Car Park (after going round twice for a parking spot!) at 12.30pm & headed for Hole-in-the-Wall where we had lunch. Not...
  • Log #12224 - by sue roberts on Mar 11, 20043.00 stars
    I decided to take my partner up Helvellyn for my birthday. We climbed from Wythburn Church and by Nethermost Pike could only see 10 ft ahead, there being a snow blizzard blowing. Got to top under 3...
  • Log #12225 - by Ryan Taylor on Dec 11, 20033.00 stars
    The first Mountain i ever did (apart from Winter Hill near where i live) was Helvellyn when i had just turned four. i went over Striding Edge with my Dad, it was rainy and snowy and a bit of ice...
  • Log #12226 - by Nicola on Dec 10, 20033.00 stars
    I climbed up the steepest part of helvellyn which was an excellent view if you looked down It was snowing very windy it was great. Enjoyed the experience would love to do it again. Nicola age 18
  • Log #12227 - by Robert on Nov 08, 20033.00 stars
    Parked at Swirls 9am. Summit around 11.15. Down to Wythburn and a walk back through the woods to Swirls for 2pm. Sounds easy? And it was except that visibility dropped severely about 2/3 of the way...
  • Log #12228 - by Darren, Julia, Ralph & Martin on Nov 07, 20033.00 stars
    Climbed up via the steep stone steps from Swirls car park. Was a bit of a tiring expedition as none of us are used to such steep climbs what with living in flat Ipswich! Thanks goes to the bloke in...
  • Log #12229 - by Gordon L. Hewstone on July 29, 20033.00 stars
    Striding Edge may be the finest approach but in the height of the season you'll have to join the queue on the path from Patterdale. Try the route from the other side of the mountain - via Grisedale...
  • Log #12230 - by Sue & Philip Powell on June 05, 20033.00 stars
    summitted via Striding Edge.
  • Log #12231 - by Tim Knight on May 22, 20033.00 stars
    The everybody's choice route of Striding Edge is a fine ascent though my favourite is up from Thirlmere. Which I first accomplished with my sister, it is more the descent which is my motivation for...
  • Log #12232 - by richard williamson on May 19, 20033.00 stars
    great climb in poor conditions. Really windy and wet at summit. Made climb with Jamie Hunter and Jason Jeffers.
  • Log #12233 - by Matt Costello on May 08, 20033.00 stars
    My family and i summitted the peak on the beautiful sunny day of August 23rd 2001. Myself and partner, Leanna and our children. Jasmine 9, Dehaigney 8, Phoenix 4(just), and Brodie 5 weeks and 6 days...
  • Log #12234 - by nick on May 03, 20033.00 stars
    Ascended from swirls via the stone stairway. Weather closed in quickly and walked most of the way in cloud and rain. The summit greeted us with strong winds and poor visibility. Short break before...
  • Log #12235 - by Geoff Walker on Jan 11, 20033.00 stars
    This was the day that England played Argentina in the World cup. We set off from Glenridding in good conditions, found Stiding edge no problem, but the weather closed in VERY quickly. Very windy,...
  • Log #12236 - by simon smith on Jan 05, 20033.00 stars
    Beautiful, sunny,clear winters day. Views inspirational all the way through the walk. Ascent over striding edge but had difficilty in snow/ice conditions. Followed "bigfoot" in crampons up...
  • Log #12237 - by jim wilson on Nov 23, 20023.00 stars
    always take waterproofs with you as it ALWAYS RAINS ;-)
  • Log #12238 - by Micael Hobby on Nov 11, 20023.00 stars
    A thoroughly enjoyable ascent with my good mate Heiko. Left Glenridding 0945 and ascended via Striding Edge where we encountered many other like minded people. We were blessed with good weather for...
  • Log #12239 - by Steve Greenhow on Oct 14, 20023.00 stars
    First time for this one and done in next to zero visibility. Set off from Glenridding and soon hit the mist after the farm gates. Easy walk up to the 'hole in the wall' and then compass and map...
  • Log #12240 - by Barry Richards on Oct 14, 20023.00 stars
    This was the second time I had done Helvellyn only this time from swirral edge. The walk was awesome, but having done it both ways (at different times) I prefer to go over Swirral edge first.
  • Log #12241 - by Matt Coppock on Oct 10, 20023.00 stars
    First climbed up Helvellyn with my father at the age of 5,over Striding Edge which is a great arete. This summer it was my boy's turn and he made it over striding edge on a glorious summers day. He...
  • Log #12242 - by Andree Thomas on Oct 04, 20023.00 stars
    have attempted to do this three separate times and had to turn back.but not this time determination set in and i finally got to the summit,all i can say it was worth the wait.also i must thank the...
  • Log #12243 - by Pete Tate on July 07, 20023.00 stars
    Ascended from Glenridding past the youth hostel at 8.30pm and climbed to summit over Swirral Edge. No other walkers and so peaceful with no wind so the acoustics of the 'bowl' at 10.00pm on Swirral...
  • Log #12244 - by GLYNNE SUTCLIFFE on July 05, 20023.00 stars
  • Log #12245 - by Kieron Horton on June 09, 20023.00 stars
    I was with the 1st Norbreck Scout Group on a weekend stay at the nearby Glenridding YHA hostel we had climbed Blen Catherine the previous day and I had proved myself to my Scout Leader that was a...
  • Log #12246 - by Matthew & Neil Braine on June 08, 20023.00 stars
    Left Glenridding at 11am and the weather did not look to good, as it was raining and windy. Climbed via Swirral edge with visibility down to 20 ft and wind gusting high. Reached the summit and met 2...
  • Log #12247 - by Steve Thompson on May 02, 20023.00 stars
    Easy walk up from Thirlmere side, then traverse south and back through forest. Enjoyable by undemanding day.
  • Log #12248 - by Clare and Rob Wall on May 01, 20023.00 stars
    We climbed Helvellyn the hard way up Striding edge, the only other peak we'd climbed was the Old man of Coniston, so it was a bit hard for me. Worth every aching limb though! What a buzz when we...
  • Log #12249 - by derek rochester on Apr 08, 20023.00 stars
    Left Glenridding and ascended via Striding Edge, ( this was nothing like i imagined - very exhilarating! ). Had quick lunch then headed down Swirral Edge and up Catstycam. Returned to Glenridding...
  • Log #12250 - by Matthew & Neil Braine on Apr 07, 20023.00 stars
    Ascent via Swirral Edge across the summit (what a view) then descend over Striding Edge. The weather was hot, sunny and very clear, however the wind was still pretty strong at the summit and the...
  • Log #12251 - by KEN GASKELL on Apr 02, 20023.00 stars
  • Log #12252 - by Colin Grounds on Apr 01, 20023.00 stars
    Glenridding, quick jog over striding edge back down swirral (all in 8 hours??????)
  • Log #12253 - by Jason Cook on Feb 11, 20023.00 stars
    Well nothing could have prepared me for this. When we finally got over the ridge and caught sight of Striding Edge, wow! It was covered in snow, what a sight. My friend decided that we should...
  • Log #12254 - by Sarah and Daniel on Jan 27, 20023.00 stars
    had a fantastic day.. although the weather wasn't all that great, and closed in very fast! reached the top in 2 hours, and then down in 1 - quite hard work for us unaccustomed climbers, but we...
  • Log #12255 - by Alan Royle on Jan 19, 20023.00 stars
    A typical Lake District day. Cold,wet,cloudy and gale force winds. Visibility on Striding Edge-ten yards. A great day out!
  • Log #12256 - by AD on Dec 18, 20013.00 stars
    An excellent mountain, well worth a day out even if we didn't see anything all day due to the low cloud. We climbed it by Striding edge with a bit of snow and ice about. An excellent trip.
  • Log #12257 - by Lizi Newbury on Dec 17, 20013.00 stars
    I climbed helvellyn for the first time and it was wicked once I reached the top i felt like I had made a major achievement. This was my first proper climb and I am going back next year. I went as a...
  • Log #12258 - by Francis Laleman on July 24, 20013.00 stars
    I have climbed Helvellyn maybe 15 times, now, from possibly all ascending routes, with and without dear old Wainwright in my pocket - and I am still crazy about this fell! Lately, the "disease" has...
  • Log #12259 - by James on Apr 02, 20013.00 stars
    Hey, Climbed Helvellyn about two days before the mountains were closed due to F+M (Just in time!) Went up Striding Edge, freezing level lowering throughout the day turned heavy rain into sleet and...
  • Log #12260 - by Neil Williams on Feb 08, 20013.00 stars
    As a Lake District lover I have climbed Helvellyn many times in all weathers and via most of the routes. My favourite being from Wythburn Church to the top, then down Swirral edge around Red tarn...
  • Log #12261 - by Andy Webb on Dec 11, 20003.00 stars
    The end of November is not a good time to be on Helvellyn. A group of 7 of us made the ascent, but due to one of our party being very much slower than the rest of us we were in danger of spending the...
  • Log #12262 - by Terry Trotter on Nov 09, 20003.00 stars
    Yes it was me who hauled Steve Clark up to the SUMMIT of Helvellyn via Striding edge on that typical cold wet summer day, and its all true there were some strange parts of his anatomy being utilised...
  • Log #12263 - by STEVE CLARK on Oct 11, 20003.00 stars
    My two brother-in-laws landed unexpectedly from new zealand one week previously, in my eyes these two were accomplished rock/ice climbers, i'd never seen them for several year's, "we're going walking...
  • Log #12264 - by Paul Kendall on Oct 10, 20003.00 stars
    Having walked through the valley in September whilst walking from Grasmere to Shap via Patterdale as part of a 9 day coast to coast venture, it was rewarding to view this valley from both Helvellyn...
  • Log #12265 - by Dan Hazelton on Oct 06, 20003.00 stars
    We incorporated Helvellyn into our Duke of Edinburgh gold expedition. For this reason, we were not allowed to use Striding/Swirral edges. We took a direct path up from Thirlmere, and descended via...
  • Log #12266 - by Aslaf on Oct 02, 20003.00 stars
    Easy mountain but fun up striding edge. Summit busy, not too much litter.
  • Log #12267 - by P.G.Pitt on Sep 24, 20003.00 stars
    I climbed from Thirlmere down over Striding Edge to Glenridding on the banks of Ullswater. It rained from start to finish and we were in the clouds for three hours.
  • Log #12268 - by Chris Bede on Sep 17, 20003.00 stars
    Hell of a day. Cloudless all the way. Ascend via Striding edge, ignore Swirral Edge and press on over Sheffield Pike. 25 degrees at the top.
  • Log #12269 - by Matt Perkins on Sep 16, 20003.00 stars
    Things to look out for:- Did you know about the three monunments up there? 1) The summit triangulation point. 2) South of this just above Striding Edge is a plaque in remembrance of Charles Gough...
  • Log #12270 - by Katherine Horrex on May 28, 20003.00 stars
    Tougth walk from Legburnthwaite, over whiteside, raise and the lowerman.
  • Log #12271 - by Geoff Underhill on Mar 10, 20003.00 stars
    Walked up from Elterwater via Dollywagon Pike. Severe conditions, wind and snow, had difficulty locating Striding Edge for descent. Striding Edge was the plan filed before we started, and the wind...
  • Log #12272 - by Robert Parr on Feb 01, 20003.00 stars
    A long slog from Glenridding!
  • Log #12273 - by Thomas S. Burton on Oct 22, 19993.00 stars
    Ascended via Striding Edge, descended via Swirral Edge. A nice loop.
  • Log #18832 - by Andy Barker on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Striding Edge was tough due to the wind gusting at gale force. The last section from the buttress at the end of Striding Edge is extremely steep and a bit of a lung buster but worth it when you reach...
  • Log #20595 - by Ross Cooper on Jan 11, 20073.00 stars
    Striding Edge was immense
  • Log #21142 - by Stephen Middlemiss on Jan 05, 20083.00 stars
    Set off from Thirlspot on 10 Dec 2007 at 5.15 am, Objective to photograph sunrise from summit. Cold,gentle breeze and pitch black. A little snow and ice above 2500' mark.
  • Log #21256 - by Bo Robertson on Apr 16, 20083.00 stars
    First Lakeleand mountain i climbed- and what an introduction to the place! Took the 'boring' route up from Wythburn, stopping to bag Nethermost Pike along the way. In reality the route is splendid,...