Helvellyn. The Lake District
Helvellyn is the 3rd highest point in England and has amazing views at the top. On a clear
A more gentle route up is from Thirlmere, there are a few places to start the walk e.g Wythburn or Swirls which zig-zag up the West Side of Helvellyn. Climbing from this side avoids climbing the edges. Whilst this route is safer, it is still icy in winter conditions.
From the top you get great views down onto Red Tarn which is surrounded by the famous ridges. In the distance behind Red Tarn you will be able to see Ullswater then to the left you see Blencathra and Skiddaw. At the top is a cairn and a shelter which is shaped like a cross to provide cover whatever direction the wind is going in.
If you look at the shelter from the cairn side, off in the distance you may be able to see Ingleborough in Yorkshire and to the right you may see the bay with all the wind turbines in the sea.
Difficulty: Depends on what route you take, both sides deserve your respect, conditions change quickly and there are some big drops;
Difficult – Avoid the ridges and walk up from the Thirlmere side
Challenging – Climb up the Striding Edge or Swirrel Edge
OS Map: North East
OS Grid Ref: NY 34245 15110
Latitude: 54° 31′ 37″ N
Longitude: 3° 1′ 3″ W
Best time of the day to go here:
Beginner – During the day. Get down before it’s dark
Experienced – You can watch the sunset towards Keswick from the top
Best time of the year to visit: All year round
Parking: Depends on what route you take:
Via striding/swirrel edge – Patterdale
Avoiding the ridges – Car parks near Thirlmere