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“Great views if you are lucky with the weather”
Review of Helvellyn

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Owner description: This is England's 3rd highest mountain at 3,118 feet.
Reviewed 26 May 2013

We set off from thirlmere which avoids the striding edge walk and the long walk from patterdale to the hole in the wall as we were short of time. we were rewarded with superb views following a not too difficult ascent. A warning on car park charges- the national park car parks charge £7 for all day parking. We did a circular walk using a different ascent and descent

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Reviewed 5 May 2013

This is my favourite Lake District mountain & I've climbed it regularly since a did an Outward Bound course in 1985, but never in thick snow!
It is a hard physical challenge, especially ascending via Striding Edge, but with heavy snow underfoot & the odd blizzard, it is a lot harder in March.
Major sense of achievement at the end. This is not for the inexperience hiker!!

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Reviewed 24 February 2013

We set off a day after it snowed heavily, at times the snow was almost up to our hips. By far the best time I've had in the lakes. We planned to go for a couple nights and climb Scafell Pike too, but since the weather was so bad we decided to just climb Helvellyn.

Recommend the climb to anyone in the dry weather. If snowing/has been snowing I recommend going in a group and leaving plenty of time.

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Reviewed 16 November 2012

Helvellyn by the edges is one of the classic Lake District walks that combines a mountain over 3,000 feet high with sustained interest. Park in Glenridding or Patterdale and to avoid retracing your steps at any stage take the minor road alongside Grizedale Beck for a short distance before turning right over the bridge.

Once on the fellside the path to the hole in the wall is a bit of a slog but once there the way is open to Striding Edge. Keep to the ridge as much as possible to get the best out of the walk but there are less exposed paths if conditions are poor. A short down-climb signals the end of the edge proper before a scramble up the headwall leads to the summit plateau. Look out for the various memorials on the edge and summit and note that this can be a dangerous place for the unwary.

The top is broad and flat and presents fantastic views if clear. It also presents several descent options, the best of which is to pass the trig point on top to a marker cairn thing at the point where Swirral Edge joins the mountain. Descend this edge which mirrors Striding Edge on the opposite side of Red Tarn. You can either descend to the tarn and then pick up the path which follows the beck down to Glenridding or dash up Catstye Cam for great pictures of the route. On the way back to Glenridding, a detour to the pleasantly pictruresque Lanty's Tarn is nice.

If you have the skills and gear, a winter ascent via this route is superb when it's in condition, but check the Lake District Weatherline first (a felltop assessor climbs Helvellyn every day in winter and posts photos and felltop conditions). Watch out for cornices on the Red Tarn side of the summit when there has been plenty of driven snow.

In summer the route is very popular and queues can form at the end of Striding Edge. Go midweek, out of season or have your breakfast on top after an "Alpine Start". It's a popular mountain for good reason.

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Reviewed 2 August 2012

My wife brought me a guided walk up Helvelyn as a gift, at first i was cautious as i thought it would be slow going, little did i realise i was one of the least fit, it was exhilerating and amazing, the rain held off and all in all a great day all round

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