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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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  • August 11, 2017
    So we went up a slightly unusual route - as recommended by the guy in the "Basecamp" - which was to up past Lanty's Tarn to the other side of the main ridge and then a traverse up to Hole in the Wall....  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    We climbed this with three kids. Awesome. Took a few hours but well worth it. Great views. Take snacks and drinks . Take breaks and the kids will love it. Need to have warm clothes  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Hard work getting over Striding Edge but well worth it. Lots of other walkers there which is great because we followed them and it provided a lovely social atmosphere  more »

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