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Helvellyn, Lake District

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Helvellyn is a mountain in the English Lake District, the highest point of the Helvellyn range, a north-south line of mountains to the north of Ambleside, between the lakes of Thirlmere and Ullswater.Helvellyn is the third-highest point both in England and in the Lake District, and access to Helvellyn is easier than to the two higher peaks of Scafell Pike and Sca Fell. The scenery includes three deep glacial coves and two sharp-topped ridges on the eastern side .The volcanic rocks of which the mountain is made were formed in the caldera of an ancient volcano, many of them in violently explosive eruptions, about 450 million years ago during the Ordovician period. During the last ice age these rocks were carved by glaciers to create the landforms seen today.Since the end of the last ice age, small populations of arctic-alpine plants have survived in favourable spots on rock ledges high in the eastern coves. Rare to Britain species of alpine butterfly, the mountain ringlet, also live on and around Helvellyn.Mineral veins, some with deposits of the lead ore galena, do exist within Helvellyn's rocks, but attempts to find sufficient quantities of lead to be worth mining have not been successful.
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  • We camped at Glenridding and took the more circuitous route, via the Youth Hostel and White Side, to the summit of Helvellyn. We had some food and drink before descending to Striding Edge, which look ...  more »
  • Epic walk amazing waterfall lovely views walking route was very challenging in winter due to snow and ice on path but even for a beginner to mountains i managed to Safely get 75% of the way up. 1 hour...  more »
  • I think Helvellyn must be the most popular mountain the UK. It is popular because it is more easily accessible than, say, the higher Scarfell Pike. There are also so many ways to go up it, from Patter...  more »
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  • The view over Red Tarn from Helvellyn is spectacular. The climb up Striding Edge to the top is challenging, even for those in good shape and with a head for heights. A must for anyone visiting the Lake District.
  • We set off in lovely weather to celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary. Luckily we had gone prepared as when we got to the top is was blowing a gale and persisting it down. All chance of getting the views we wanted were gone so we headed back down for a wee dram of something special. Maybe next time😰
  • Was a very nice walk with very little scrambling around rocks. Would recommend.
  • Fabulous walk to the top, but the clouds stopped what should have been an amazing view. Will have to go again and hope for a clearer day. :)
  • 950m summit, not too difficult to climb although as a novice I chose a relatively safe, well graded trail path from the Thirlmere side rather than the Striding Edge path... breathtaking views, loved it!

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