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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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  • Walked up helvellyn which was fun but ended up walking far longer than planned as some paths marked on the map are invisible in reality, not even a slightly downtrodden line in the grass. Sometimes th...  more »
  • Staying in Thirlmere for a night in the Lakes we thought this walk would be absolutely perfect. The weather in the morning wasn’t wonderful during our drive up from home, however, we arrived at 9.45am...  more »
  • My son and I did this mountain from the trail that starts behind a church. It is the shorter trail about 2 miles to the top but steeper than other routes per our research. Trail is easy to follow and ...  more »
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  • Great walk would highly recommend it, but it's not the easiest so I would encourage people to build up to this walk, starting off on a flatter gradient, some parts are hard to climb but there are other routes that are easier so you can make it more or less of a challenge. I have seen people take dogs but more working dogs and the dog will have to be off a lead. I wouldn't take small children and always be careful of the weather it can soon change from the bottom to the top.
  • The lift was out of order 🤪😉😜.. thankfully the walk was absolutely worth it ... totally mind blowing. The dog thoroughly loved it. 🐩🐾
  • really good hike with impressive views! From there on you can do the Striding edge and Swirral edge. I did not because they look and probably are a bit dangerous but you should be fine if you are there with the right gear and aren't easily scared like I am.
  • Took the path up from Swirl car park which is right next to the path. Took about 5 hours up then back down with lunch. Really brilliant views. Lots of people taking there kid's and dogs but it is quite a long way! Would highly recommend.
  • Probably my favourite lump in the lakes. If you're going to conquer the edges, I suggest going up Swirral Edge to the top and down Striding Edge. Pack properly, be safe and enjoy.
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