This Helvellyn Hiking Weekend takes us to the summit of the third highest mountain in England. And although Helvellyn, may not be the highest, it ranks number one in terms of popularity, because it offers a variety of routes to the summit which range from easy to exciting. Once on the summit it offers great views across the entire Lake District, but its the route to the top that offers the best views of all.
We will be taking the Striding Edge route to the summit, which is the most exciting and gives us the chance to try our scrambling skills on the way up.
The route does require a head for heights, but is widely recognised as one of the best hiking routes in the country.
For the whole of the Helvellyn Hiking Weekend we will be based at the Helvellyn YHA, set in a rural location 900 feet above sea level giving great views of the mountains and the Patterdale valley below.
The weekend will comprise of two hard walks on Saturday and Sunday where we will aim to walk to the summit of Helvellyn on Saturday and also further summits on Sunday.
All accommodation, meals and lunches are included throughout Saturday and Sunday and we are also offering an optional station pick-up service from Penrith, to and from the hostel.
Helvellyn is the third highest peak in England at 3117 feet (950metres) and is located in the Eastern Fells of the Lake District. It is part of an extensive range so we can bag several summits on each day’s hiking.
On Saturday we will start by heading up Birkhouse Moor on our way to Striding Edge and then Helvellyn. If we are making good time we will then head south along the summit ridge to Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike which are only slightly lower than Helvellyn and are quite an easy extra walk. On a clear day the views along this route are also fantastic as you are able to see right across the whole of the Lake District.
We will then retrace our steps back to Helvellyn and make our descent via Swirral Edge and Catstycam.
On Sunday we again walk directly from the hostel up to Whiteside, then turn north to Raise, Stybarrow Dodd and Watsons Dodd. We return to Sticks Pass then down to Sheffield Pike and back to the hostel. Another spectacular day out exploring one of the most popular mountain ranges in England.
Walks are graded hard with approx walking time of 6hrs and distance approx 8-10 miles with some scrambling on Saturday, and slightly less on the Sunday.
As we will be walking directly from the hostel each day, with no shops nearby please ensure you come well prepared, with adequate clothing and footwear.
Important note: The walks are dependent on weather conditions and if the weather is bad, or we believe conditions are dangerous, then we will choose alternative walks. However, we will do a walk whatever the conditions.
Our hostel is set at the foot of the mountains and is a mile from the nearest village of Glenridding, so has a lovely remote feel to it.
The hostel is well-equipped with a lounge, restaurant/dining room, drying room, self-catering kitchen and a licensed bar.
We have booked small bunk rooms of no more than four beds for this weekend.
Evening – Arrive and meet in bar for a drink and weekend briefing.
8:30 – 9:00 breakfast
9:30 depart for full day walk
17:00 return from day walk
19:00 – 20:00 dinner
8:00 – 8:30 breakfast
9:00 depart for full day walk
15:30 return from day walk
15:30 – 16:00 tea, coffee, homemade cake
16:00 onwards – transfer to Penrith train station for onward journey home
17.03 onwards – outbound train Penrith
Cost for the weekend – £140
Plus optional £10 Return transfer by taxi to Penrith station to the hostel.
To book, click book now and pay your deposit of £35 by paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
The balance of the payment will be due within two weeks and your place is not guaranteed until full payment is received.
Balance should be paid by bank transfer :
please quote ‘Helvellyn’ plus your name (as it appears on meetup)
Bank Account Mountain Hikes
Sort Code 40 40 01
Account No 02406950
If we cancel or reschedule, refunds will be made.
If a member cancels in advance of the weekend, a refund will only be made if the place is re-filled.
We pre-book and pay for all of the accommodation months in advance, so appreciate prompt payment of the deposit and balance.
2 guided walks, 1 dinner (3 courses) on Saturday provided by the hostel, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday provided by the hostel, accommodation in private dormitory style rooms (no more than 4 people per room). As there are no local shops, we are also including a selection of foods to make your own sandwiches and packed lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Does not include:
Train or car travel to Lake District, or meal Friday evening.
Optional extras as above
Return transfer to and from the hostel to Penrith train station £10 for named train arrivals – it is approx a 30 min drive each way.
Suggested trains from Euston Station/Manchester to Penrith, the nearest train station which is 17 miles away.
depart Euston 16:30 arrive 19:53 (this train also calls in at Manchester 18:16)
Depart Euston 18:30 arrive 21:33
A pick up from Penrith for these trains can be arranged – please let us know after booking.
depart Penrith 17:03 arrive 20:13 (London Euston)
Train tickets are best bought in advance online – cheaper advance fares usually go on sale 12 weeks before travel at http://www.thetrainline.com/buytickets/default.aspx
Alternatively if you do have a car and are happy to drive and car share, please post a message. It is approx 5hr 30min drive from Brent Cross, London