Helvellyn

Details
Grid Ref NY 341 151
Height 3,118 ft

Despite it's ever growing popularity, of all the higher fells in the Lake District this (and Skiddaw) is the one I've ascended more than any other. It is by no means my favourite fell but it is somewhere I never tire of visiting because it seems to have an irresistible pull that makes you want to come back time and time again. Some of my most enjoyable winter walking has been on Helvellyn. It is generally less busy at this time of year and a particularly good fell to walk in challenging conditions.

There are so many ways you can include Helvellyn in a walk that you could visit the summit half a dozen times or more before you need to consider doing the same route.

 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Swirls - Helvellyn Gill - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn
2.2 mile / approx 2400 ft ascent
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This is probably the most popular of the ascents on the western side of Helvellyn and undoubtedly the easiest route up the fell. Unfortunately for the first timer on this route, Browncove Crags offers a good example of a false summit. Although once you get that far the hardest work is over anyway.

Route suggestion: Wythburn Church - Birk Side - Swallow Scarth - Helvellyn
2.4 mile / approx 2500 ft ascent
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A nice alternative to the route up from Swirls is this one starting from the car park behind Wythburn Church. It may not be quite a straight up and down as the Swiels route but the path is still easy enough to follow and you get the added bonus of a short / easy de-tour across to Hethermost Pike.

Photo gallery

8:15 at the top of Helvellyn and as the saying goes "the early bird get one of Lakelands most popular fells to himself"
 

Mmmmm, don't get too close to the edge otherwise things could very well come to an abrupt end.
 

Helvellyn from the Gough Memorial

Heading up the steeper section of the route on Browncove Crags.
 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 30

3rd December 2016
  Helvellyn to Stone Arthur 8.5 mile about 3800 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Swallow Scarth - Nethermost Pike - Dollywaggon Pike - Grisedale Tarn - Fairfield - Great Rigg - Stone Arthur - A591
 

10th April 2016
  Winter returns to the Helvellyn fells 10.5 mile about 3800 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - top of Sticks Pass - White Stones - Hart Crag - Stybarrow Dodd - off path to Sticks Pass sheepfold - Stanah - road back to car park
 

30th May 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 48
  Tarns between Glenridding and Helvellyn 12.8 mile 4500 ft
Stybarow Crag - Glenridding - Greenside Road - Greenside Mine - Kepple Cove - Brown Cove - Catstye Cam north ridge - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Nethermost Pike - High Crag - Dollywaggon Pike - The Tongue - Ruthwaite Cove - Hard Tarn - Calf Hole - Nethermost Cove - Grisedale - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding - Stybarrow Crag
 

29th December 2014
  Helvellyn, White Side, Raise and Sticks Pass 7.7 mile 3170 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stanah - Swirls
 

13th September 2014
  Raise to Dollywaggon Pike from Glenridding 11.8 mile 3800 ft
Glenridding - Greenside Road - bottom of Sticks Pass - The Chimney - Chimney - Raise - White Side - Helvellyn Lower Man - Helvellyn - Swallow Scarth - Nethermost Pike - High Pike - Dollywaggon Pike - Grisedale Tarn - Ruthwaite Lodge - Grisedale - Grisedale Bridge - Glenridding
 

26th July 2014
  Helvellyn to Stybarrow Dodd 10.2 mile 3700 ft
Swirls - Helvellyn Gill - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Ski Tow - top of Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Stanah - Thirlmere shore path - Dalehead Hall - Swirls
 

5th October 2013
  Nethermost Pike to Clough Head 13.4 mile 4400 ft
Wythburn Church - Birkside - Nethermost Pike - Swallow Scarth - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass (top of) - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite
 

4th June 2013
  Summer has arrived - Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike 9.5 mile 3700 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Swallow Scarth - Nethermost Pike - Dollywaggon Pike - Willie Wife Moor - Reggle Knott - Forest paths back to Swirls
 

30th March 2013
  Helvellyn, White Side, Raise and Sticks Pass 7.7 mile 3170 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stanah - Swirls
 

17th December 2011
  A wintry walk over Helvellyn to Sticks Pass 7.7 mile 3200 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Thirlspot - Swirls
 

1st October 2011
  High Hartsop Dodd to Raise 14 mile 5300 ft
Sykeside Camp Site - Hartsop Hall - High Hartsop Dodd - Little Hart Crag - Bakestones Moss - Dove Crag - Hart Crag - Fairfield - Cofa Pike - Deepdale Hause - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywaggon Pike - High Crag - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - Whiteside - Raise - Sticks Pass - Greenside - Nick Head - Bleabank Side - Glencoyne - Seldom Seen - Ullswater - Stybarrow Crag
 

15th August 2010
  Dunmail Raise to Swirls via Helvellyn 5.9 mile 2900 ft
Dunmail Raise - Raise Beck - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywaggon Pike - High Crag - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn Gill - Swirls
 

6th December 2008
  Walking in a winter wonderland - Helvellyn from Dunmail Raise 7.6 mile 3000 ft
Dunmail Raise - Raise Beck - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywaggon Pike - High Crag - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Whelpside Gill - Birkside - Permissive Path above A591 to Dunmail Raise
 

24th March 2008
  Helvellyn to Clough Head in the snow 10.7 mile 4100 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise Sticks Pass (top of) - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - Threlkeld Knotts - Wanthwaite (St John's in the Vale)
 

2nd February 2008
  Wintry conditions on Helvellyn 6.8 mile 3050 ft
Wythburn Church - Birk Side - Swallow Scarth - Helvellyn - Browncove Crags - Swirls Car Park - Forestry path above Thirlmere - Wythburn Church
 

11th December 2007
  Snow and Ice from Helvellyn to Sticks Pass 7.6 mile 3406 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stanah (above) - Fisherplace Gill - Swirls
 

6th October 2007
  Hard Tarn to Lanty's Tarn - via Helvellyn 10.5 mile 3560 ft
Patterdale - Grisedale - Ruthwaite Lodge - Hard Tarn - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Swirral Edge - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Birkhouse Moor - Lanty's Tarn - Patterdale
 

2nd June 2007
  Helvellyn without the crowds 7.1 3272 ft
Swirls - Helvellyn Gill - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn Lower Man - Helvellyn - Nethermost Pike - Birk Side - Forest Path back to Swirls
 

3rd March 2007
  A much quieter route to an almost deserted Helvellyn 7 mile 3500 ft
Wythburn - Whelpside Gill - Brownrigg Well - Helvellyn - Nethermost Pike - Dollywaggon Pike - Grisedale Tarn - Seat Sandal - Dunmail Raise - Wythburn
 

25th December 2006
  Ding Dong merrily on high - Wythburn to Stanah via the Helvellyn ridge 6.5 mile 3166 ft
Wythburn Church - Birk Side - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stanah
 

3rd June 2006
  A long Glenridding round - nine fells, one edge, some mines and a pass. 12.1 mile 4498 ft
Glenridding - Greenside Mines - Keppel Cove - Catstye Cam - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Hart Side - Sheffield Pike - Glenridding Dodd - Glenridding
 

6th May 2006
  A classic Helvellyn round, taking in Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. 8.8 mile 3245 ft
Glenridding - Little Cove - Birkhouse Moor - Striding Edge - Helvellyn - Swirral Edge - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Red Tarn Beck - Glenridding
 

4th March 2006
  A long walk over nine of the Eastern fells from Patterdale. 14.4 mile 5650 ft
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Birks - St Sunday Crag - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywagon Pike - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Glenridding Common - Glenridding - Patterdale
 

26th February 2006
  Dunmail Raise to Wanthwaite along the full Helvellyn ridge. 11.7 mile 4301 ft
Dunmail Raise - Willie Wife Moor - Dollywagon Pike - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Clough Head - Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite
 

17th December 2005
  Ski lifts, goats and an icy wind on a Helvellyn walk. 8.3 mile 3507 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Ski Hut - Sticks Pass - Footpath between Stanah and Swirls Car park
 

27th October 2005
  A long walk taking in nine fells from Glanridding. 13 mile 4505 ft
Glenridding - Glenridding Dodd - Sheffield Pike - White Stones - Hart Side - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Raise - White Side - Helvellyn Lower Man - Helvellyn - Swirral Edge - Catstye Cam - Red Tarn - Greenside Mines - Glenridding
 

12th July 2005
  A scorching day on the Eastern fells - five fells and three tarns. 11.7 mile 3989 ft
Glenridding - Birkhouse Moor - Red Tarn - Catstye Cam - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Nethermost Pike - Dollywaggon Pike - Grisedale Tarn - Grisedale - Lanty's Tarn - Glenridding
 

14th August 2004
  A long walk from Glenridding onto ten Eastern fells. 12.3 mile 4544 ft
Glenridding - Birkhouse Moor - Red Tarn - Catstye Cam - Swirral Edge - Helvellyn - Hellvellyn Lower Man - Whiteside - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Hart Side - Sheffield Pike - Glenridding Dodd - Glenridding
 

25th April 2004
  A long walk from Patterdale - St Sunday Crag to Raise. 14.2 mile 5627 ft
Patterdale - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywaggon Pike - High Crag - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - Whiteside - Raise - Greenside Mines - Lanty's Tarn - Patterdale
 



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Lake District Walks