Experience the grandeur of the Lake District at sunrise
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Difficulty Level3 Three
For a truly special adventure in the Lake District, why not head up England’s third highest, and one of its most popular mountains, to witness the sunrise? Alongside a weekend of freshly prepared food, cosy accommodation and another gentle walk to show you the area, this is definitely a great way of doing something a little bit different.
From our base in Patterdale we’ll be a stone’s throw from Helvellyn, and will be summiting it from the eastern side, with excellent views down some of Helvellyn’s spectacular valleys. Heading up in the dark, we’ll be on the wide open grassy ridge of the summit for sunrise and then head down for a well-earned brunch.
In a nutshell:
- A full weekend in the Lake District with the aim of summiting Helvellyn for sunrise on Sunday, alongside an easier Saturday walk.
- A Large Outdoors host to look after you for the weekened and a Mountain Leader to take you to the summit.
- Relax in our cosy accommodation and enjoy the fantastic surroundings of the Lake District, with lake and mountain views on our doorstep.
- Get away from it all for the weekend, and allow us to worry about the route and navigation while you enjoy yourself!
About the Area
Lake District National Park
Encompassing the mountains and lakes of central Cumbria, the Lake District, recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a stunning landscape of high peaks and peaceful valleys. Famous as a hillwalking destination, thousands of people a year come to relax by the lakes, scale the mountains and generally get back to nature. Towards the east of the Park lies the Helvellyn ridge, a long rolling set of peaks that traverses half the Lake District and is centred around England’s third highest peak, Helvellyn. To the west lie the forests and lake of Thirlmere, right at the heart of Lakeland, and to the east stand the great ridges of Striding Edge and Swirral edge, tumbling down to Ullswater. The views from any peaks in this area reach over the whole of Cumbria, east to the Pennines, and north to Scotland.
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel any time after 5pm on Friday, where your Large Outdoors host will be there to meet you and introduce you to the rest of the group. Grab a hot drink and feel free to relax for the evening until we head out for dinner at 8pm, please note dinner is not included.
The plan is to stay relatively low and to show you some of the woodlands and lakeshores that make this part of the Lake District special. We’ll aim to finish the walk between 2-3pm and get back to the hostel and head out for an early dinner at 6pm.
Some options we’ll consider for today’s walk include a wander round Patterdale and Ullswater, an exploration of the wonderfully remote Deepdale, or perhaps a visit to Place Fell. Our leader will decide on the day what’s best considering the group and the weather.
After an early Saturday night, we’ll be up early to begin the main event, an ascent of Helvellyn for sunrise. The exact timings depend on the time of year, but expect to be up at 2.30am for a quick breakfast before we head off up the mountain.
Head-torches on, we’ll follow one of the many paths up to the Helvellyn ridge and then to the summit at 950m. We’ll be aiming for the summit at around 6.30am, where we’ll watch the sun rising over the Pennines and Ullswater. There’ll be plenty of time for photos and some quiet moments to take in the grandeur of the scene before we complete the journey and descend.
The paths are non-technical but they are steep and occasionaly rocky. We recommend that you have done a mountain walk before signing up to this weekend, as you’ll need to be confident of your own walking in the dark, albeit with the support of our leader.
Once back at the hostel, there will be time for a big brunch and showers before we’ll need to check out. Perhaps take some time later this morning to explore Grasmere village and try the famous gingerbread? You’ll certainly be among the very few people in town who have already been up a mountain that day!
Good to know:
Although the hostel will be shared with others, our rooms are private to Large Outdoors.
- We can’t allow anyone to start the walk at night unless they have a head-torch with spare batteries. Please remember to bring this!
- A very short drive of 5-10 mins may be required to get to the start of the Helvellyn walk. Car-sharing will mean we have to take fewer vehicles.
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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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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“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.ElizabethMember 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!ClaireMember Since 2016