Helvellyn – A Mountain with Fun and Thrills

The English Lake District, full of Mountains, Lakes and history.  A place that I happily stay for days hiking and climbing.  Within it is one of my favourite mountains…. Helvellyn.

I never tire of climbing this, a prime example of how altitude does not necessarily make a great walk or climb.  You can have more fun and sights here than many a mountain elsewhere that is twice as high.

You ‘could’ take the back way up, from Thirlmere Reservoir, a steep slog that gets to the top but largely less romantic.  However, for me, there is only one way….. via Striding edge.

Starting in Glenridding near the banks of Ullswater you gradually rise out of the ferns and make your way up the side of a glorious valley until you come to Striding Edge.  Nothing that requires ropes, but still a great walk over, especially so if you want the thrill of strolling along the very top of the edge itself with its steep drops on either side.  Steady head and feet and all is well.  Get across and all you need to do is scramble to the top where you stand and admire (on a clear day) the view over the Lake District itself. Magnificent!
I have lost count how many times I am drawn back there and I use this for most of the Tweetup and Climbs.  This photo slideshow will hopefully show what I mean about the views and Striding Edge, plus you will see some of the wonderful Tweeters that have joined me on some trips…

Climbing Helvellyn is a must for anybody wanting to experience one of the finest climbs and walks in Britain. Take care and have fun. Create memories.

Written by Paul Steele

Paul is the founder and Editor of the site. An avid hiker and trekker. Travel, adventure and photography are passions that he combines to make his articles here. Likes to see the positive in everything.


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  1. Excellent post.

    I did this as a boy scout when I was 11. The first big hike I’d ever I remember being exhausted and scared to death. Amazing views thoughs. Would like to go back one day.

  2. I really enjoyed this photo slideshow the mountains look amazing. I can't go hiking or climbing due to my disability The closest thing I've done to hiking and climbing is Sit skiing down a mountain. Thanks for posting this. The photos made me want to be there and I hope you will post more

    Rudy Sims

  3. Thank you Bald Hiker for these amazing shots, nice choice of music also! Ever since I saw the movie "Miss Potter" a film on Beatrix Potter I knew I had to visit and explore this magical region…soon!


  4. Thank You for Sharing! It's a beautiful way for a person with Vertigo to experience what you do! I thank You! :)))

  5. Thanks for sharing this with us Bald Hiker! I have just returned from a wee break in the Lake District – brings back fond memories. Last time I did Hellvellyn was for Duke of Edinburgh! Nice choice of music too 🙂

  6. Looks beautiful!! You better keep hiking because I am addicted to the escape your blog gives me!! Mountains, outdoors, and great writing!! Keep it up Paul!!

  7. Hi Paul,

    What is the altitude? Timberline here in the states is 8,000 ft sorry don't know the meters. The view looks beautiful and the air looks fresh and clean, two of my best reasons for a hike.

    Keep on hiking…

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  8. Hi Sir.. Always happy to know your favorite mountains.. i wih oneday i could experience it myself .. see all the beautiful things you posted in your blog for real.
    thank you for sharing .. xoxo

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