Helvellyn mountain near Glenridding with walkers on path

Walking and Rambling on Helvellyn

Overview

If you take on a high level walk up Helvellyn you'll be rewarded with fantastic views down to the Solway Firth, Morecambe Bay and, in clear weather, Scafel Pike.

The low level walks around Ullswater are great for families or those wanting a gentle stroll.

The hostel offers winter mountaineering courses for those with winter hill walking experience who want to develop their skills.

What makes it special

  • Striding Edge and Swirral Edge are something to behold
  • View all the highest peaks in the Lake District from Helvellyn summit
  • Fantastic walks down to and around Ullswater

Hostels nearby

YHA Helvellyn and river

YHA Helvellyn

Free parking on premises
Licensed bar
Cycle store

Walking and Rambling on Helvellyn

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Map references

OS Map: 90, and Explorer OL5

OS Grid Ref: NY342151

Lat/Lng: 54.526943, -3.017292

Contact information

Other things to do nearby

Mountain biking on Helvellyn

Bike up Helvellyn, the second highest mountain in the Lake District, to get your heart pumping! Or if you fancy a lakeside route try Ullswater Singletrack near High Street and Place Fell.

climbing

Climbing in Patterdale

For the full mountain experience, serious climbers can try the exposed technical routes of Dove Crag, Raven Crag and Eagle Crag - three star routes within walking distance of the hostel.

Ullswater Steamers

Ullswater Steamers

1.5 miles A ferry service with great views of “England’s most beautiful lake”. Sails from Glenridding to Pooley Bridge, stopping in the summer at Howtown.

Ullswater Steamer and sailboat

Watersports near Helvellyn

Ullswater is great for a wide variety of water sports from sailing to windsurfing - you can even travel light and hire all the equipment you need from the sailing centre. A trip on the Ullswater St

Glenridding Sailing Centre from on Ullswater

Glenridding Sailing Centre

Hire out a sailboat, canoe or kayak for use on Ullswater.  A range of courses are offered. Visit the Centre's website for more details.

Sailing dinghies on edge of Ullswater

Watersports in Patterdale

Ullswater, the second largest lake in England is great for a wide variety of watersports from sailing to windsurfing.

climbing

Climbing in Grasmere

Climb and scramble to your hearts content and enjoy the spectacular views from this beautiful part of the country.

cycling

Cycling in Grasmere

Jump on your bike and enjoy the rolling landscape. Seasoned pro or just fancy a ride, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Mountain biking in Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

Mountain biking in Grasmere Butharlyp Howe

 The hostel is in a central location, halfway between Grizedale Forest and Whinlatter so there's plenty of scope for a good ride with a fully equipped bike shed with work stands, pump and bi

Aira Force waterfalls

Aira Force Waterfalls

Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works. See the National Trust website See the Visit Cumbria website

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Grasmere Gingerbread Shop

Enjoy the wonderful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread and sample the delights inside the tiny shop.

St Oswalds Church

St Oswalds Church

1.8 miles William Wordsworth has a simple tombstone in the churchyard - one of the most visited literary shrines in the world. Visit the website  

Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage

Visit the barely-changed home of famous Romantic poet William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy. You'll find plenty to inspire you in the museum too.