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Car park, Swirls, Thirlmere

Swirls and Helvellyn fit perfectly into the same sentence. The chances are that 9 out of every 10 people who walk from here are heading up Browncove Crags onto Helvellyn summit.

The car park is in effect split into two by the A591. One has splendid views over Thirlmere and pays host to an ice cream van, whilst on the opposite side of the road you have the toilet block and the beginning of the path to Helvellyn.

Unfortunately the water company who own the land have installed a 'pay and display' machine in the car park above Thirlmere, so, the only free option here is to park in the long lay-by a little further down the road. Late comers will find it full !!

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This is the free option found a short way down the road from the two car parks pictured above.
 

The number of walks to choose from is 13

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
A591 - Low Mill Bridge - Ghyll Foot - Bracken Hause - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Ghyll Foot - Low Mill Bridge - A591
 

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
 

27th February 2011
  A circuit of Thirlmere 9.6 mile XX ft
Thirlmere Dam - Armboth - Hause Point - Dob Gill - Steele End - Wythburn Church - Woods above A591 - Swirls - Shoreline path below Dalehead Hall - Thirlmere Dam
 

10th April 2010
  An early morning wander around Helvellyn 8 mile 3160 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Brund Gill - Brown Crag - sheepfold Helvellyn Gill - Brown How - path above Thirlspot - Swirls
 

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)
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

 



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