YHA Helvellyn and river
  • Recently refurbished
Bed in a shared room from £13.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Lock on doors
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our shared rooms.
Private room from £29.00 per night

Amenities

  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Hot water
  • Smoke alarm

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our private rooms.
Camping & Cabins from £19.00 per night

Amenities

  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Lock on doors

Need to know

Check in:
From 17:00 - 22:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Towels and toiletries:
Hand soap is provided next to all sinks. Towels are not supplied as standard but can be rented or purchased from reception.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in our Landpods.
Dogs:
Dogs can stay on our campsite and in our Landpods. There is a £5 charge per dog per night for our Landpod accommodation which is payable upon arrival. You can bring your dog for free if you are camping in your own tent.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole hostel during public opening hours.
Entire place - Whole hostel from £0.00 per night
  • Whole hostel

    6 bathrooms 19 bedrooms sleeps up to 64 guests

    Situated 963ft up one the UK’s largest mountains, YHA Helvellyn is quite the location for those looking for an action-packed adventure holiday or a peaceful retreat in one of England's most breath-taking spots.

    From £0.00 per night

Amenities

  • Ambulant accessible
  • Bed linen
  • Central heating
  • Cleaning basics
  • Dishes and cutlery
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Fridge
  • Grill
  • Hot water
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lock on doors
  • Microwave
  • Mountain view
  • Oven
  • Shower(s)
  • Smoke alarm
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Need to know

Check in:
From 16:00
Check out:
Before 10:00
Heating:
There is central heating throughout the property.
Bedding:
Bedding is supplied in all our rooms.
Dogs:
Hire YHA Helvellyn and bring your dogs! Add a dog to your booking at the checkout and bring your four-legged friend along with you. Dogs are not permitted in the bedrooms, on the furniture, or in the kitchen, and must be kept on a lead in the grounds.
Checking in:
You will receive an email prior to your arrival with the property address and check-in instructions.
Guest access:
Guests have use of the whole property, except the bar and pot wash. The hostel manager lives onsite, within the hostel building with access on the first floor.
WiFi:
Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Shared spaces

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is located on the ground floor and includes a range of conveniences listed below.

Kitchen appliances: grill, kettle, microwave, oven, refrigerator, stove, toaster.

Kitchenware: dishes and cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots, pans.

Cleaning basics: cloths, sponges, washing up liquid.

Located on the ground floor, the dining room seats up to 30 people across 7 tables and bench seats.

Bathrooms

Across the entire building there is a total of six bathrooms.

Toilets: 9

Showers: 6

Toilet paper is provided and hand soap is available next to all sinks.

Outdoors

Outside consists of some small grounds.

The grounds are not enclosed.

Sleeping arrangements

Across the entire building there is a total of 19 bedrooms.

Ground floor

Two rooms that sleep up to 2 people each. They include 1 set of bunk beds.

Two rooms that sleep up to 3 people each. They include 1 set of bunk beds and a single bed.

Two rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

First floor

Two rooms that sleep up to 2 people each. They include 1 set of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 3 people. It includes a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

Five rooms that sleep up to 4 people each. They include 2 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 5 people. It includes 1 set of bunk beds and a high sleeper bunk with a double bed underneath.

One room that sleeps up to 6 people. It includes 3 sets of bunk beds.

One room that sleeps up to 8 people. It includes 4 sets of bunk beds.

A cot is available.

Overview

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. 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

  • Located 963ft up the third highest mountain in the country
  • On the doorstep of the Helvellyn range
  • Situated in the Lake District National Park

Accommodation at YHA Helvellyn

Bed in a shared room

Dorms are not currently available. 

Dorm rooms have multiple beds and are shared with other people who may not be travelling together. They are usually more affordable than private rooms as you'll be booking a bed rather than the whole room.

A typical shared dorm room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest.

Children aged between 12 and 15 can stay in dorm rooms as long as an adult of the same gender accompanies them.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our dorm rooms have en-suite facilities.

Private rooms

Want some privacy? With a private room, you'll be booking the whole room for your stay.

Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard and reading light for each bed, plus a wash hand basin.

Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room. None of our private rooms have en-suite facilities.

Landpods

Like camping but with a few added extras! Our Landpods sleep up to 4 people, on two double mattresses and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. All bedding is included, plus  duvets and LED lighting.

Landpods don't have heating, so are more suited to the those who like a traditional camping experience. Even in the colder months, it’s nothing a couple of warm, cosy blankets can’t fix! There is a bench and BBQ firepit outside, so make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

Guests have full access to the hostel's facilities, including the self-catering kitchen and bathrooms - so you can cook delicious meals, or freshen up after your night sleeping under the stars.

Pitch-up camping

Camping is sold per person and not per pitch. During the booking process, you will need to select the number of people who you wish to camp.

We have camping space for five people with absolutely stunning views over the Patterdale valley. Guests have full access to the hostel's facilities including the self-catering kitchen, toilets and showers.

Hire the whole place

Planning an overdue get-together or celebrating a birthday/anniversary? Looking for a base for your group's next adventure? Make your special occasion extra special with YHA Exclusive Hire.

You can hire the whole building at YHA Helvellyn and, with sole use of the property, come and go as you please. Situated 963ft up one the UK’s largest mountains, this property is quite the location for an action-packed adventure holiday or a peaceful retreat. Dogs are welcome too!

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Food and drink at YHA Helvellyn

YHA Helvellyn dining area

Eat with us

YHA Helvellyn is serving a range of tasty food options for you to enjoy during your visit. Fuel your adventures with a YHA classic breakfast or a lighter continental breakfast option as well as a delicious evening menu.

YHA Breakfast

Breakfast menu at YHA Helvellyn

Start your day off right with our delicious classic YHA breakfast including a hearty cooked breakfast and continental options. For a lighter start, you can buy the continental breakfast separately. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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YHA Evening meal

Evening menu at YHA Helvellyn

Take your pick from today’s selection of hearty classics and delicious desserts. Under 10s eat free with our special offer – see menu for details. Vegan and vegetarian options available.

Hostel facilities

  • Breakfast
  • Contactless payments
  • Cycle store
  • Evening meals
  • Free parking on premises
  • Games
  • Group meals
  • Intermittent mobile coverage
  • Licensed bar
  • Minibus parking on premises
  • Mountain view
  • Restaurant
  • Shared drying room
  • Water refill station
  • WiFi

Hostel need to know

Reception opening hours: From 07:30 - 10:00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Food and drink: Breakfast is served to guests daily from 07:30 – 09:00. Meals are also available from 17:00 - 20:00

Self-catering: Guests have access to a self-catering kitchen.

Parking: The property has a free car park on-site for guests and patrons. This car park is controlled by an ANPR parking system. Upon arrival, motorists are required to validate their presence by entering their car's registration number at reception.

WiFi: Free WiFi is available in shared social spaces.

Dogs: Pets are not permitted at YHA Helvellyn, except in our Camping & Cabins accommodation or when hiring the whole hostel through YHA Exclusive Hire. Assistance dogs are welcome - please notify us at the time of booking.

YHA Helvellyn - Access Statement

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YHA Helvellyn

Map references

OS Map: 90

OS Grid Ref: NY366173

Lat/Lng: 54.547756, -2.981393

Contact information

Phone: +44 345 371 9742

Email: [email protected]

Volunteering

Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, boost your CV and travel to different places. We have a variety of different opportunities to choose from and volunteering roles to suit everyone.  

The tasks are varied and in return you will meet some great people, who both work and stay in our hostels, as well as enjoying your time off discovering the local area and attractions.

Find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel through YHA volunteering

History

The mountain-side hostel known at first as Glenridding was often described as a former lead miner’s hostel. Debris from the old mines lay all around the hostel still to this day. The hostel used to be for men only in 1947 but expanded to accommodate both sexes the following year. In 2011, YHA Helvellyn received a sparkling renovation, making the hostel a lot more modern and refreshing.

TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award 2020 Walkers and Cyclists Welcome

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