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Helvellyn, Lake District

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Helvellyn (; possible meaning: pale yellow moorland) 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 (Striding Edge and Swirral Edge). Helvellyn was one of the earliest fells to prove popular with walkers and explorers; beginning especially in the later 18th century. Among the early visitors to Helvellyn were the poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth, both of whom lived nearby at one period. Many routes up the mountain are possible so that it may be approached from all directions.

However, traversing the mountain is not without dangers; over the last two hundred years there have been a number of fatalities. The artist Charles Gough is more famous for his death on Striding Edge in 1805 than for what he achieved in his life. Among many human feats upon the mountain, one of the strangest was the landing and take-off of a small aeroplane on the summit in 1926. Since early 2018 the summit of Helvellyn including both Striding and Swirral Edges and the wider Glenridding Common are now managed by the John Muir Trust, a wild places conservation charity under a three-year lease with the Lake District Park Authority.

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  • Set of from Glenridding but on a limited time frame so decided to see how far we could get. Really enjoyed the walk but with wind getting up, and the weather turning we decided it wasn’t the right...  more »
  • Day away from the family whilst they mooched around Keswick. I definitely got the better deal! Challenging walk in windy conditions, amazing views of the Lake District from up high. Will do...  more »
  • The walk up can be challenging at times, but it's achievable if you have an average fitness level. A good hiking gear or at least walking boots are necessary as the rocky stones and steps can be...  more »
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  • Can't see why this wouldn't be rated five stars!
  • Such a lovely climb! We took the Striding Edge route. A little too windy for my liking but the ridge has plenty of holding points.
  • Gorgeous views on a brilliant sunny day. Scramble up Striding Edge was a bt scary but great sense of achievement when we got to the top.
  • From Glenridding, along Striding Edge to Helvellyn. Great walk, amazing views on a clear day.
  • Beautiful place, need to be fit for this adventure

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