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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.
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  • With Storm Doris forecast and pouring rain we went for it anyway. Myself and my 11 year old daughter....As we ascended the winds picked up, rain turned to sleet then snow and we decided two thirds of ...  more »
  • Ascended Helvellyn from Wythburn church car park (no car parking charges - yippee). Steep path for first 400m until we hit snow line. Gentler gradient until summit reached. Bitterly cold on summit wit...  more »
  • We enjoyed a very windy hike up to the top of Helvellyn from Swirls car park and down the other side and then back along through the woods. Being prepared for the wintery weather, we decided against s...  more »