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Summit the legendary Helvellyn - and make a weekend of it!

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple walk options available See itinerary below
    for more details

Join us on a sociable walking weekend where we take you up the spectacular Helvellyn on Saturday, with a half-day walk on the Sunday so you can get the most out of this fantastic location. Relax for a break in the Lake District with your time spent meeting new people and enjoying the scenery, rather than worrying about logistics!

Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in England, and forms the highest part of a long ridge stretching right across the Lake District. To the west it falls abruptly down to Grasmere, Dunmail Raise and Thirlmere, whereas to the east lie the famous ridges and glacially carved valleys, dropping down to the silver sheet of Ullswater. There are many routes up Helvellyn, and once on the top you can see from Scotland to Blackpool, and from the Irish Sea to the Pennines.

This route up Helvellyn is suitable for anyone with average fitness and determination. There is no scrambling ability required, and the path is not exposed.

Guided Walking Weekend in the Lake District staying at Ennerdale YHA

In a nutshell:

  • Spend the weekend in the Lake District, walking up Helvellyn on Saturday and a lower-level walk to stretch the legs on Sunday.
  • Enjoy the company of a friendly group, led by a qualified Mountain Leader, who will look after you every step of the way.
  • Relax in our hostel, with freshly prepared food, a great social space, and endless hot drinks.
  • Admire the timeless scenery of the Lake District, which has inspired mountaineers and poets for generations.

About the area

Lake District National Park

A National Park since 1951 and immortalised before that by generations of poets and mountaineers, the Lake District is an iconic walking destination. The hills have a variety of routes, rocky and steep, or grassy and gentle, and combined with the fantastic low-level paths this makes the Lakes somewhere accessible for everyone. The lakes themselves were sculpted by glaciers during the last 2 million years, and today provide a lifetime’s worth of gentle strolls along their banks, or through nearby woodlands. The dozens of valleys that make up the Lake District are all unique, and you’ll find something different every time you return. The changing light, the shifting weather, and the endless paths – the Lake District would take a lifetime to explore, but an instant to fall in love with.

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Itinerary

Friday

You’re welcome to arrive at your accommodation from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and show you to your room. Then it’s time to relax with a cup of tea and meet your walking companions for the weekend. Then it’s your evening to relax in the lounge or perhaps head down to the local pub!

Lake District

Saturday

It’s time to head out on the day’s walk, which will be:

Helvellyn from Dunmail Raise

After a very short drive up to Dunmail Raise, you’ll begin the walk by going up Raise Beck, and enclosed upland valley that will really feel like the start to an adventure. This path brings you out at the stunning upland lake of Grizedale Tarn, where no doubt you’ll have a break!

From here. the snaking path heads up Dollywagon Pike, one of the outliers of Helvellyn. You are now on the Helvellyn ridge, and continue north over Nethermost Pike to reach the summit of Helvellyn itself at 950m. You’ll be able to gaze down at the scramblers making their way over Striding Edge, and over the whole of the Lake District.

After enjoying a well-deserved lunch on the summit, you’ll descend towards Thirlmere via Lower Man. once near the lake, we turn south again and enjoy an afternoon through the forest on the way back to Dunmail Raise, with helvellyn rising to out left and the Central Fells visible on the right.

Once back at the hostel, there’s plenty of time to freshen up, enjoy a celebratory drink and relax in the garden before we head out for dinner at around 7.30pm. You’ve earned it!

Sunday

Today we head out on a 3-4 hour walk to show you a more gradual side of the Lakes, and to give those legs a good stretch-out after Saturday’s walk. after the walk we’ll take you to a nearby pub where you can get some lunch before the weekend comes to an end.

Our leaders will choose an approproate walk for the day, but some options could be:

  • Grasmere and Rydal Water
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    These two lakes lie right next to Grasmere village and are the gem at the heart of the Lake District. We’ll walk round both of them, on a low-level loop along ancient tracks, traversing hillsides, through woodlands, and along the lake-shores themselves. if you want a small hill, we can even include an ascent of Loughrigg Fell. For lovers of poetry, we’ll also be close two Wordsworth’s two houses!

  • Wansfell Pike
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    If you fancy something more hills, we can head up Wansfell Pike, the low hill that stands right above Ambleside. The relatively steep ascent, past Stockghyll Force, takes us quickly to the top, where we’ll be able to gaze all the way down Windermere. Spending some time walking along the wide summit ridge, we’ll descend into Troutbeck and take a high traversing path that takes us along the hillside and through woodlands back to Ambleside.

Our Base:

Grasmere Independent Hostel, our 4 star hostel for the weekend (5 stars on Trip Adviser) has been exclusively hired for our use and is a beautiful building, just outside Grasmere and very close to a pub. There is a drying room, large lounge with great views, and did we mention the sauna…

They have received excellent reviews from Lonely Planet and The Guardian; and the inside has been completely refurbished to make it modern and comfortable while retaining its countryside character.

Venue Address:

Grasmere Independent Hostel,
Grasmere,
Cumbria,
LA22 9RU

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Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…

For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page 

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Cumbria,
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What our members have to say...

  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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