Helvellyn with its rocky ridges


Helvellyn is very accessible for walkers and climbers staying the Keswick area. If you want to tackle the rocky ridges of Striding and Swirral Edges it is an easy half hour drive from Keswick to Glenridding. Alternatively why not tackle it from the Thirlmere side where you can incorporate parts of the backbone of the eastern fells such as Dollywaggon Pike and Raise in addition to Helvellyn giving you superb views into the rocky eastern coves and their neighbouring sharp ridges whilst you enjoy a mainly grassy hike! A regular bus service from Keswick along the A591 makes such a traverse route quite straightforward.

The summit of Helvellyn is a wonderful vantage point with views across to the north and north western fells such as Skiddaw and Grisedale Pike which you will recognise if you are staying in Keswick; south westerly to the Scafells (perhaps with a cap of cloud even if Helvellyn is clear!) and Great Gable; south to Windermere twinkling in the sunshine as well as east across to High Street and down to Ullswater