Indulge in impressive mountain scenery and a 65ft waterfall that inspired many of Wordsworth's great works.
Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0QR
Situated in a unique spot, 963ft up one the UK’s largest mountains, YHA Helvellyn is quite the base for those looking to enjoy an all action holiday, or equally to relax in the peace and quiet that such an area can offer.
Mountain bikers will love the downhill ride from the summit of the mountain, and in the winter months there is a ski slope with drag lift 40 minutes' walk (or ski) away from the hostel. There are also plenty of less strenuous walking routes starting from the front door!
Why guests love YHA Helvellyn
Accommodation at YHA Helvellyn
YHA Helvellyn has 70 beds in a selection of dorm beds and private rooms. The Youth Hostel has excellent self-catering facilities and a lounge which can be used for socialising and relaxing.
Due to our fantastic location the hostel is quite basic but well kept! We have 18 rooms in total all containing bunks, we have several with 2 beds, 4 beds, 3 beds a double room and a few larger 6/7 bedded rooms - 70 beds in total. All the bathroom facilities are shared and are dotted around the building.
We have a fully licensed bar with a good selection of local ales and a fantastic restaurant, which can home-make all your favourite traditional dishes so you can put your feet up and relax after your day out in the park. We also have a well equipped self-catering facility and dining room. We have two lounges; one in the bar and one hidden lounge! You will have to explore the building to find it...
We have camping space for five people with absolutely stunning views over the Patterdale valley. Campers are welcome to use the hostel facilities including the self-catering kitchen and toilets and showers.
Hire the whole place
This hostel is occasionally made available for hire on an exclusive basis. This means that you can have the place to yourself and choose how many of your friends, family, club mates, etc., join you. We allocate availability for exclusive use in blocks, typically up to 90 days in the future. If you are looking for space to stay with us on a normal shared basis, and can’t see any availability three months or more into the future, then this hostel may be being held for Exclusive Hire. You can check availability for Exclusive Hire on our dedicated website.
Food and drink at YHA Helvellyn
- Cot available
- Cycle store
- Free wi-fi
- Garden / grounds
- Drying room
- Board games
- Private rooms available
- Camping and Cabins
Food & drink
- BBQ area
- Group catering available
- Licensed bar
- Meals available
- Self-catering kitchen
Need to know
Check in: 17.00 - 22.00
Check out: Before 10.00
Open every day?: Yes
Towels and toiletries: Towels and toiletries are not provided but are available to hire or buy from reception. Bedding is supplied.
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We are very grateful for all of the help and support that our generous volunteers give to YHA. We are proud of our “Investors in Volunteering” accreditation and have a wide range of opportunities available across the country, all of which will provide great learning or social experiences and help us to create even more opportunities for young people.
Why not come and spend some time at YHA Helvellyn to find out more about our fabulous hostels and spend some time helping us maintain our high standards of hospitality. The tasks are energetic and varied and in return you will get to meet some great people who both work and stay in our hostels as well as enjoying your time off to get out and discover the beautiful Lake Distict landscape. Full details of all of our various volunteering programmes can be found on the Volunteering website.
At YHA Helvellyn we offer the following volunteering opportunities subject to availability:
Please contact [email protected] or call 01629 592562 for more information.