YHA Helvellyn and river
  • Recently refurbished
Bed in a shared room from £13.00/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 £49.00/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/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 £299.00/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 £299.00/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

Good to Go England

COVID-19 Industry Standard

In Partnership with The National Tourist Organisation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

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, are typically more affordable than private rooms, and shared with other people who may not be travelling together. A typical shared room includes bunk beds, a reading light and a storage cupboard for each guest, secured by a padlock if required.

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

Some dorms may be en-suites, meaning that they have a bathroom in the room that you would be sharing with the other people in your dorm.

Private rooms

Don't fancy sharing a room? Private rooms typically include a storage cupboard for each bed, secured by a padlock if required, a reading light and a wash hand basin. Shared shower and toilet facilities are located near to the room.

Camping

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.

Landpods

These brand new Landpods, upgraded for 2019, are fully waterproof and sleep up to four adults. They are slightly elevated off the ground for a comfortable night’s sleep under the stars – you can even open the roof for a better view! With LED lighting these cosy pods include all beds and bedding. There is a table, bench and BBQ firepit outside so you can make the most of the great outdoors and dine al fresco.

The new larger Landpod sleeps up to 4 people, on two small double mattresses (one above the other) and a single futon mattress, which doubles up as the seating area. They’re even tall enough to stand up in!

The Landpods are available to hire between April and October. There is no heating in our Landpods.

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.

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Food and drink at YHA Helvellyn

YHA Helvellyn dining room

Eat with us

YHA Helvellyn is serving a range of tasty food options, including breakfast baps, and a pizza and Supper Club menu, for you to enjoy during your visit. A takeaway service is also available.

Breakfast baps

Breakfast baps at YHA Helvellyn

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we want to make sure you get off to a great start, so we are now serving delicious breakfast baps. Vegetarian and vegan options available.

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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

Seasonal opening pattern: YHA Helvellyn is open all year round.

Hostel opening hours: YHA Helvellyn is open to the public from Monday - Sunday, 07:00 - 10.00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Reception hours: From 07:00 - 10.00 and 17:00 - 22:00.

Restaurant opening hours: Breakfast is served from 07:30 - 09:00.

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.

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.

You can find out more and apply to volunteer at this hostel on the volunteering website

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.

Walkers and Cyclists Welcome TripAdvisor 2020 Travellers' Choice Award

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