The Helvellyn Range – St Johns in the Vale to Grasmere

A point-to-point walk is the best way to take on the Helvellyn Range. Once the main initial climb is done you can take in magnificent views over the whole of the Lake District on this Range whilst also bagging seven peaks; Raise, Whiteside, Lower Man, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, High Crag and Dollywagon Pike.

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Starting at Legburthwaite car park in St Johns in the Vale, the route heads up towards Sticks Pass.

From here we take in our first summit of Raise. Whilst walking the Range you can marvel whilst looking down over the spectacular Striding and Swirral Edges without having to take them on!

After Dollywagon Pike we skirt past Grisedale Tarn, then pass through Hause Gap which sits between Seat Sandal and Fairfield, then down to finish at The Travellers Rest, Grasmere. From here there is an hourly bus service back to the start point if required (the 555 and takes around 20 minutes).



  • 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.

The start point for this walk is Legburthwaite car park, St Johns in the Vale, postcode CA12 4TQ. The finish point is The Travellers Rest on the A591 near Grasmere. There is an hourly bus service between the start and finish points, the 555, which takes around 20 minutes.

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.