Helvellyn from Wythburn

Climbing Helvellyn (950m, 3116ft) from Wythburn can be more convenient for those staying in the Keswick or Grasmere area. The west side of Helvellyn is also a less technical hike, as it avoids the Edges and can be suitable during winter months too (subject to weather!).

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The route starts from Wythburn Church car park.

We then head into the woods and straight into the main climb. As we come out of the woods, we continue up the main flank of the west side of Helvellyn, enjoying great views over Thirlmere.

As we sweep up to Helvellyn summit we can look over to the dramatic Striding and Swirral Edges. Having done most of the hard work we can now enjoy the fabulous Helvellyn ridge walk taking in the peaks of Nethermost Pike (891m, 2923ft), High Crag (884m, 2990ft) and Dollywagon Pike (858m, 2815ft). We then head down to Grisedale Tarn and the path adjoining Raise Beck down to Dunmail Raise, then back to Wythburn.



  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified Mountain Leaders
  • Group First Aid kit with Qualified First Aider(s)
  • Knowledge & Insight on Mountain Flora & Fauna

  • Information on Local Landscape and History

  • Travel to & from start
  • Personal equipment
  • Food & drinks

Itinerary & Kit List

All walks start at 0900 unless otherwise stated or agreed. All details will be emailed to you after booking.

Start point is Wythburn Church car park, postcode CA12 4TW. There is an hourly bus service, the 555, operating from here going to Keswick, Grasmere and Ambleside.

Kit List

The following essential kit is required for this walk. Once a booking has been made, further advice on kit will be included. This may include tips and recommendations, and suggestions on less vital ‘nice to have’ kit.

Suitable walking boots or shoes.

General hill walking boots with ankle support and sole unit with good grip are ideal.

Waterproof jacket and trousers.

The jacket should have a hood. Shell jackets or insulated waterproof jackets are both good. Insulated ones can determine your choice of clothing.

Suitable clothes for walking.

Wear what works for you, but not jeans! Walking trousers are ideal. A non cotton base layer with wicking properties helps keep you dry and comfortable.

Spare warm top.

A fleece or warm jumper/jacket that you can carry or stow easily is advised.


Snacks as well as a light prepared lunch are ideal. Some easily portable fruit is recommended.

Water/ drink.

Bottle or ‘bladder’ with at least 1 litre capacity.

Hat and gloves.

The temperature at the walk start may be ambient, but can then be biting cold on the summit – be prepared!

Fitness & Health

For some this can be a strenuous walk, and conditions can change quickly, which can make the walk harder. You nee to have a basic level of fitness and for some this will involve training beforehand. Feel free to discuss it with us before you book! On booking, we will provide advice on any training requirements depending on your needs.