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Helvellyn

Helvellyn



Grid Reference: NY 34167 15158
Height: 950 metres/3117 feet

"Legend and poetry, a lovely name and a lofty altitude combine to encompass Helvellyn in an aura of Romance."
A Wainwright

The third highest summit in England and one of the most popular, Helvellyn is rightly popular. The highest point on the long ridge rising above Ambleside to Red Screes at it southern end and terminating in Clough Head above Threlkeld at it's northern extremity.

The gentle slopes to the west of the summit descend to Wythburn and Thirlmere, to the east the picture is drastically different, steep crags drop down to Red Tarn, encircled on either side by two magnificent arêtes, Swirral Edge descends above the northern shores of Red Tarn to the satellite summit of Catstycam while Striding Edge, probably the most famous route in the Lake District, descends above the southern shore of the tarn to Birkhouse Moor.

The two edges, Striding Edge and Swirral Edge make a magnificent route for those who like a little exposure, although in winter conditions this is a serious route and extreme care should be taken.

 

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  1. Helvellyn and the edges from Birkhouse Moor

    Helvellyn & Striding Edge

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Not the longest walk but with high levels of exposure on narrow rocky ridges

    Distance: 12km / 7.5 miles
    Ascent: 930m / 3000ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  2. Above the cloud on the path to Helvellyn

    Helvellyn from Wythburn

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    One of the easier ascents of Helvellyn with little exposure

    Distance: 11km / 7 miles
    Ascent: 940m / 3000ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Looking back to Helvellyn from the ridge towards White Side

    The Helvellyn Ridge Walk

    £25.00

    Difficulty:
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    A long linear walk taking in all the summits along the main Helvellyn ridge north of Grasmere

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1330m / 4390ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Fairfield from St Sundays Crag

    Helvellyn & Fairfield from Patterdale

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A wonderful long day in the fells, exposed ridges and rugged scenery throughout

    Distance: 19.5km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1500m / 5000ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  5. Looking back to Helvellyn from Raise

    Helvellyn, White Side & Raise

    £22.00

    Difficulty:
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    A great route climbing Helvellyn from the western slopes above Thirlmere, stunning views throughout and easy walking

    Distance: 18km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 920m / 3000ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  6. The sun rising from Dollywagon Pike

    Helvellyn Overnight Walk

    £30.00

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    The chance to watch the sun rise from the summit of Helvellyn

    Distance: 11km / 7 miles
    Ascent: 940m / 3000 ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  7. Ullswater Walking Weekend

    Regular Price: £44.00

    Special Price £40.00

    Difficulty:
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    Two great days walking above Ullswater, high levels of exposure on the Striding Edge ridge

    Distance: Up to 13km / 8 miles per day
    Ascent: Up to 1050m / 3400ft per day
    Duration: 2 Days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  8. Lakeland 3000s 3 Day Challenge

    Regular Price: £66.00

    Special Price £60.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    3 varied days of walking over rough ground, wonderful views and high levels of exposure on Striding Edge

    Distance: Up to 12km / 7 miles per day
    Ascent: Up to 1190m / 4000ft per day
    Duration: 3 Days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  9. 3 County Peaks in 3 Days

    Regular Price: £66.00

    Special Price £60.00

    Difficulty:
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    3 days of long walks over rough ground, stunning views throughout, high levels of exposure on Striding Edge

    Distance: Up to 14km / 9 miles per day
    Ascent: Up to 1190m / 4000ft per day
    Duration: 3 Days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  10. Scafell & Scafell Pike

    Lakeland 3000s 24 Hour Challenge

    £175.00

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    A very long challenge event crossing the four highest summits in the Lake District

    Distance: Up to 56km / 35 miles
    Ascent: 4000m / 13000ft
    Duration: 24 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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