Helvellyn, standing proudly as the third-highest peak in both England and the Lake District National Park, is a magnet for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts seeking panoramic views and thrilling ascents.

With its rugged terrain and diverse landscapes, there are multiple routes up Helvellyn, each presenting its own challenges and rewards. In the article below, we’ll delve into the three main routes to conquer Helvellyn.

Helvellyn Swirral Edge guided walk

1. Helvellyn via Striding Edge & Swirral Edge

The most iconic and exhilarating route up Helvellyn, the ascent via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge promises an adventure like no other.

Starting from Glenridding, this route commands attention with its dramatic ridges and breathtaking views.

Striding Edge & Swirral Edge offer thrilling scrambles, testing both nerves and agility as hikers negotiate exposed sections.

We would recommend joining one of our experienced mountain leaders on a Guided Walk for your first attempt and should not be attempted in adverse weather conditions.

2. Helvellyn from Thirlmere

For those seeking a less daunting approach, the Helvellyn from Thirlmere route is still a challenging but less technical ascent to Helvellyn’s summit.

Beginning at Swirls car park near Thirlmere reservoir, this path winds past thrilling waterfalls, before a steep sustained climb up to the summit of Helvellyn.

While it may lack the sheer excitement of its counterpart, the Thirlmere route provides absolutely stunning scenery every step of the way.

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Helvellyn Circular

3. helvellyn Circular

Want to bag an extra two Wainwrights on your return journey? Then the Helvellyn Circular is the perfect route.

Image Source: Lake District National Park via All Trails

Our upcoming helvellyn Guided Walks

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We have a wide selection of different walks and hikes running throughout the whole season. Click the below link to view our full calendar of guided walks we currently have planned.