Helvellyn at 950m (3116ft) is England’s second highest mountain (assuming Scafell and Scafell Pike to be the same mountain). In fact, for many years it thought it was actually the highest. Helvellyn is an Old Welsh name which comes as a surprise to many given that is it is very much in England. On a clear day it arguably offers the best Lakeland views as you look over to the Central Fells and North Pennines. There are a number of different main routes to the summit which vary considerably in difficulty:
Helvellyn via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge from Glenridding. This one is certainly spectacular; however you must bear in mind that this one is more than just a walk. It involves some tricky sections where you’ll need to use hands as well. The rewards of dramatic sweeps on the sides of Striding Edge are certainly worth it though.
Helvellyn from Glenridding (avoiding the Edges). For those who still want to take on Helvellyn but would rather avoid Striding and Swirral Edges, this route is ideal. Once on the summit you still get all the fabulous views and are still able to look down over both Edges making for great photos.
Helvellyn from, Wythburn, Thirlmere. A more convenient route for those staying in the Keswick or Grasmere areas. This also takes in much of the main Helvellyn ridge including the peaks of Nethermost Pike, High Crag and Dollywagon Pike.
The Helvellyn Range. A point-to-point route taking in most of the main Helvellyn Range including the summits of Raise, Whiteside, Lower Man, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, High Crag and Dollywagon Pike. The route is from St Johns in the Vale to the Travellers Rest, Grasmere.