Helvellyn – 950m


Come and walk Helvellyn  – England’s and the Lake Districts third highest mountain. In addition to Helvellyn, which can be walked by the famous Striding and Swirral edges. Firstly the edges are not classed as ‘climbing’ but come in to the ‘scrambling’ classification and are graded as level 1. Check out are Scrambling grade description here.

However Helvellyn doesn’t have to be walked via Striding and Swirral edges, and these can be missed out completely depending on your ambitions.

It’s in the name…

It’s meaning is said to derive from old Norse, and means pale yellow moorland. Nestled near this iconic mountain, are the mountains of Catstycam and Nethermost Pike. Catstycam or Catstye Cam’s meaning is believed to translate to ‘wild cat mountain’

Like all mountains Helvellyn commands respect, and with any mountain weather conditions can change when hiking Helvellyn.  We will provide you with a recommended kit list. On request, we will send this out at the time of you’re booking.

Due to the walks length, Ideally you should be hovering around, or at our Bronze fitness level. This means you’ll get the most out of your time up Helvellyn and Striding and Swirral edges.

Of course that said, we have guided people of all ages and abilities up this mountain, over our 2 decades of guiding in the hills of UK and Europe. Your day with us will be one that is fun and run by our highly experienced and qualified instructors.

Helvellyn is generally walked in the spring/summer months of the Lake District. Likewise it can be tackled in the winter months too. This is a different undertaking, as the days are shorter and colder. Snow also makes the journey far harder than the spring/summer months. In winter extra clothing is needed. Again full kit list will be sent out on booking confirmation.

If you are considering a winter ascent of Helvellyn, then we recommend a training day with us in preperation. In truth you will need to use crampons and ice axe to gain the summit. The ground via Striding and Swirral edges becomes a lot trickier in winter and you will need to have a confident approach to walking this mountain.


To illustrate the routes up Helvellyn, please see our attached map. Here you will see 4 various routes. The red route approaches from Glenridding and takes Striding edge first then descends Swirral edge. Likewise the blue route does the same but starts from Patterdale, and makes our way to the hole in the wall. The orange and green routes miss the edges out completely. In truth the easiest approach is the green route that has no major difficulties, apart from a steep ascent. This route starts opposite Thirlmere reservoiur. In addition to the illustrated routes, there are other approaches up this iconic mountain.

picture of ordnance survey map helvellyn walking routes



A £50 deposit books a place. Either by the PayPal button, or give us a call.

Fee includes guide rate, and kit hire:

Family deal is: £40 per adult £20 per child up to 12 years. Minimum 4 persons.

Prices quoted are per person.

1 person: £170

2 persons: £85

3 persons: £70

4 persons: £60

* We operate a 1:4 instructor policy on Striding & Swirral edges. For larger groups, or if you are just walking Helvellyn, then get in touch.