Helvellyn Hike from Thirlmere

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Where: Helvellyn Hike from and Thirlmere in the Lake District of England
When: June 2014
Weather: Sunny
Height: 3,117 ft

This page gives information on the mountain Helvellyn for hiking from the west, from the scenic car parks at Thirlmere and Wythburn, both next to the A591 that runs between Keswick and Grasmere, regular buses stop at these two car parks. The car parks are situated about 7 miles south of Keswick.

Keswick to Thirlmere Road Map .

The image below is from the west side car park at Thirlmere. These are pay and display car parks with toilets and phones, and at times an ice cream van. There is a similar car park 2 miles south at a little church named Wythburn. There are also a number of scenic walks around this area for anyone not wanting to hike the mountain.

There is a popular free car park a few hundred yards north, that is a large layby.

That is Helvellyn Lower Man at 3,034ft you can see there, Helvellyn is not far behind. This is a fairly steep route up. Large Image.

Helvellyn Mountain

The image below is of the Thirlmere Car Park on the east side of the road for the Helvellyn hike. The trail to Helvellyn starts at the bottom of the car park.

Thirlmere Car Park Helvellyn

The image below is of the Helvellyn trail as it runs up beside Helvellyn Gill. There is a good fairly safe trail like this all the way to the top of Helvellyn Lower Man, and on to Helvellyn itself.

Helvellyn Trail at Thirlmere

The image below is by Alan Waters from his hike to Helvellyn. This view is from the top of Helvellyn, looking down the east side to Stridding Edge. Stridding Edge has a path over the top, and a path just down from the top most of the way, both require a head for heights. Most people that Hike Stridding Edge start out from Glenridding or Patterdale.

Helvellyn view of Stridding Edge

The Helvellyn Map below shows the west side routes from Thirlmere and Wythburn. It also shows the east side routes from Glenridding and Patterdale.

Photo Tour to the top from Thirlmere

Helvellyn Route Map

Helvellyn is an interesting mountain with a number of real good routes to suit most hikers.

Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map and Compass on these hikes, and know how to use them, as in cloud, these mountains can be deadly. In Winter, make sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use them.

Helvellyn Hike from Glenridding Photo Tour