At a height of 950 metres Helvellyn is the third highest peak in England after Scafell and a walk to the top is worth it for the breathtaking views across the north and north western fells such as Skiddaw and Grisedale.
Located to the north of Ambleside, between the lakes of Thirlmere and Ullswater, it is an ideal place to explore many of the other heights that the Lake District has to offer, including High Street, Fairfield or Sunday Crag.
There are also the less strenuous mountains such as Skiddaw, Catbells and Blencathra, not too far away.
But it is also a great place to relax too – a meander along the narrow lanes sandwiched between the stunning north Lakeland fells, a stroll through the quaint villages of Patterdale and Glenridding, a picnic by Ullswater, England’s second longest Lake or sampling Cumbrian real ales in the traditional village pub.
Our Helvellyn Cottages
Everyone wants something different from their break and that goes for where you stay too.
Our Helvellyn cottages are stunning, unique homes, where you get all the comfort of your own home with added touches of elegance, and charm – and not forgetting the scenery.
There are breathtaking views galore from our cottages, which are set right in the heart of the Lakeland fells.
And, they are short drives to the towns of Keswick and Penrith.
From five-star gold award sophisticated barn conversions, to luxury apartments, to beautiful riverbank cottages and traditional Lakeland homes, our diverse selection of self-catering accommodation means you’ll find the exact home for your perfect breakaway.
Perhaps you want to spend quality time with the family? Well, we’ve lots of spacious family homes to choose from, so you can do just that.
Maybe just spend a day reading a book and gazing out at dramatic and beautiful views from a terrace, a garden or on a window seat. And for those of you who love to cook, what about a self-catering property with a vast kitchen with an AGA or a range cooker?
Self-catering with us isn’t just a do-it-yourself holiday, you are welcomed with hampers, and get special priority tickets to top attractions, privacy and the assurance of the best customer service from the moment you book to the minute you’re back in your car planning the next visit.
“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” , said famed fell-walker Alfred Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
The Eastern side of Helvellyn is the most dramatic, with the summit encircled by Striding Edge and Swirral Edge.
The summit of Helvellyn is very flat and in 1926 John Leeming and Bert Hinkler landed a plane on it.
The moment is commemorated on a plaque, as is the life of Charles Gough, who died attempting to cross Striding Edge in 1805. His faithful dog stayed by his body for 3 months until both were discovered.
Out and about in Helvellyn
Walking is the obvious choice here and there’s lots of testing walks to do, but if you don’t have a head for heights or want a ‘take it easy’ day, you can enjoy the scenery a less energetic way.
There are lots of nice walks, including Easedale Tarn, in Grasmere and Buttermere and from our Helvellyn cottages around Glenridding there’s beautiful trails around Ullswater.
Or kick-back onboard a boat from Ullswater Steamers or Glenridding Pier House and take in the picturesque fells.
Or perhaps get yourself some sailing lessons – what better place than the setting of Ullswater.
There’s plenty to get out and see in to enjoy the fresh air.
For culture – there’s the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick for keen theatre-goers and for those of you who enjoy the romantic poets, there’s Dove Cottage at Grasmere, the former home of William Wordsworth.
From our Helvellyn cottages near Glenridding you can visit Glencoyne Bay at Ullswater, where in April 1802, William and Dorothy Wordsworth passed the strip of land on their way back to Grasmere, which was full of daffodils – and which was the inspiration for his renowned poem.
William Wordsworth was a frequent visitor to the Ullswater area, and the area inspired him to write many poems, including ‘The Somnambulist’ – an ancient tale of knightly love and death – inspired by Aira Force.
‘And, after a day on the fells or soaking up some culture, you’ll want a good meal and there are many eateries and restaurants within easy reach of from our Helvellyn cottages around Glenridding, where you’ll find there’s plenty of local culinary delights to sample.
Our cottages are ideally located so you can go from your front door to the fells, making them the perfect base for a walking holiday or sight-seeing breakaway.
And, because we hand-pick only the best properties, it means should you choose to have a day relaxing in your cottage, gazing out of a window and drinking in the wonderful and atmospheric scenery, not only will you feel at home, you’ll enjoy it so much, you’ll never want to leave.