Helvellyn

Helvellyn Ascent from Grasmere
These photos were taken whilst ascending Helvellyn via Grizedale Tarn, Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike. The descent taken was to Thirlspot but an alternative route down is to Wythburn. Then a short bus ride back to Grasmere. This Helvellyn ascent route is not as demanding or spectacular as the ones via Striding Edge or Swirral Edge. But it offers magnificent views and is less challenging for inexperienced walkers. One recommendation though - when you get to the top of Dollywaggon Pike in fine weather (with good visibility) avoid the main path from Dollywaggon to Nethermost and Helvellyn summit, and take a route along the top (branching to the right). This gives the benefit of great views at every point of the compass.


Wainwright writes of Helvellyn - "Legend and poetry, a lovely name and a lofty altitude combine to encompass Helvellyn in an aura of romance; and thousands of pilgrims, aided by its easy accessibility, are attracted to its summit every year.... There is some quality about Helvellyn which endears it in the memory of most people who have stood on its breezy top; although it can be a grim place indeed on a wild night, it is, as a rule, a very friendly giant. If it did not inspire affection would its devotees return to it so often?" (Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells - Book 1).

Tongue Gill Force - Lake District England
Tongue Gill Force

Grizedale Tarn - Lake District England
Grizedale Tarn

Panorama from Dollywaggon Pike - Lake District England
As you ascend Dollywaggon Pike the views open out. In good visibility you can see the Coniston Fells, Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Scafell Pike and Great Gable.

Grizedale - Lake District England
Grizedale

Striding Edge Helvellyn - Lake District England
Striding Edge (on left) comes into view.

Helvellyn summit - Lake District England
Red Tarn from Helvellyn summit.

Thirlmere - Lake District England
Thirlmere with views beyond Skiddaw to Scotland.


Helvellyn the "friendly giant" offers stunning views from all sides and a great sense of place. The ascent from Grasmere is greatly satisfying and, whilst not as demanding as Striding Edge, it is nonetheless a spectacular experience.
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