Walk c432 Helvellyn from Thirlmere

The 'easiest' way up Lakeland's most climbed mountain


Route outline for walk c432:

- The Swirls  -   Helvellyn Gill  -   Browncove Crags  -   Lower Man (Helvellyn)  -   Helvellyn  -   Lower Man (Helvellyn)  -   Browncove Crags  -   Helvellyn Gill  -   The Swirls.




Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
1
English
Mountain
Wainwright
1
Wainwright
 English Nuttalls
2
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
1
Marilyn
Bridget
0
Bridgets

The highest point of this walk is Helvellyn at 950m (3118ft). Helvellyn is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (3rd highest in England, 12th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 3). Helvellyn is also known as an English Nuttall (4th in England, 14th in England & Wales). Helvellyn is classified as a Marilyn (2nd highest in England, 164th highest in the UK).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of Lower Man (Helvellyn), 925m (3036ft). Lower Man (Helvellyn) is also known as an English Nuttall (8th in England, 21st in England & Wales).


For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL5
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 90
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c432 Helvellyn from Thirlmere

In no particular order . . .

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Striding Edge from Helvellyn summit

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Striding Edge from Helvellyn summit

Photo: Craig Carter (10)

Helvellyn summit shelter

Helvellyn summit shelter

Photo: Craig Carter (9)

Helvellyn

Helvellyn

Photo: Derek Cambers (1)

Swirral Edge from Helvellyn

Swirral Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: William Ringwood (41)

Grisedale Tarn with St Sunday Crag (centre left) and Fairfield (right)

Grisedale Tarn with St Sunday Crag (centre left) and Fairfield (right)

Photo: Tony Higgs (22)

Me with Stuart Nicholson and Ryan McDowell on Scafell Pike.

Me with Stuart Nicholson and Ryan McDowell on Scafell Pike.

Photo: Jonathan Ashforth (1)

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Brian Lavery (1)

The final push to the summit of Ben Lui (Beinn Laoigh) last spring, made all the better by a temperature inversion

The final push to the summit of Ben Lui (Beinn Laoigh) last spring, made all the better by a temperature inversion

Photo: John Turner (9)

The aircraft memorial on Helvellyn

The aircraft memorial on Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (37)

Striding Edge and St Sunday Crag from Helvellyn

Striding Edge and St Sunday Crag from Helvellyn

Photo: Chris Oakley (4)

Thirlmere from Browncove Crags

Thirlmere from Browncove Crags

Photo: William Ringwood (38)

The Jubilee Walkers on top of Blackstone Edge above Littleborough

The Jubilee Walkers on top of Blackstone Edge above Littleborough

Photo: David Morecroft (13)

The view from Helvellyn on a cold winters afternoon

The view from Helvellyn on a cold winters afternoon

Photo: Nigel Auty (1)

Looking down William Clough to a snowy and frozen Kinder Reservoir from near Mill Hill (Ashop Head), Kinder Scout

Looking down William Clough to a snowy and frozen Kinder Reservoir from near Mill Hill (Ashop Head), Kinder Scout

Photo: Peter Royle (7)

Helvellyn summit

Helvellyn summit

Photo: William Ringwood (39)

Beinn Ime from The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)

Beinn Ime from The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)

Photo: Derek Cambers (2)

The famous view of Striding Edge from Helvellyn

The famous view of Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Ray Foster (9)

Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Photo: William Ringwood (40)

A very snowy Helvellyn in early March!

A very snowy Helvellyn in early March!

Photo: Peter Dodds (1)

Striding Edge from the top of Swirral Edge on Helvellyn

Striding Edge from the top of Swirral Edge on Helvellyn

Photo: Gerry Ball (12)

Striding Edge and Red Tarn (Helvellyn) from the summit of Helvellyn

Striding Edge and Red Tarn (Helvellyn) from the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Peter Royle (6)

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (35)

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Striding Edge in all it's glory from Helvellyn

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Striding Edge in all it's glory from Helvellyn

Photo: Stella Whittaker (17)

Kepple Cove and Glenridding Common from Lower Man (Helvellyn)

Kepple Cove and Glenridding Common from Lower Man (Helvellyn)

Photo: Kate Daniel (2)

Temperature Inversion seen from the summit of Helvellyn

Temperature Inversion seen from the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Paul Johnson (20)

On the summit of Helvellyn in the snow

On the summit of Helvellyn in the snow

Photo: Christine Shepherd (490)

Bassenthwaite with Skiddaw beyond from Helvellyn

Bassenthwaite with Skiddaw beyond from Helvellyn

Photo: Tony Higgs (19)

Catstye Cam and Ullswater from Helvellyn

Catstye Cam and Ullswater from Helvellyn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (524)

A very grumpy Shaun post walk in Glenridding after scaling Helvellyn via Striding Edge on a very, very wet day!

A very grumpy Shaun post walk in Glenridding after scaling Helvellyn via Striding Edge on a very, very wet day!

Photo: Mike Hall (4)

Sheffield Pike from the lower slopes of Birkhouse Moor

Sheffield Pike from the lower slopes of Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Richard Nicholls (42)

My husband Eric on Helm Crag

My husband Eric on Helm Crag

Photo: Amanda Hamlyn (2)

Levers Water and The Old Man of Coniston from Swirl Hawse

Levers Water and The Old Man of Coniston from Swirl Hawse

Photo: David Booth (4)

Approaching Kidsty Pike from Rampsgill Head

Approaching Kidsty Pike from Rampsgill Head

Photo: Paul Holroyd (8)

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Brian Lavery (2)

Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from the top of Helvellyn, May 2012

Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from the top of Helvellyn, May 2012

Photo: Christine Leach (1)

Starting the descent from Helvellyn via Swirral Edge

Starting the descent from Helvellyn via Swirral Edge

Photo: Mike Hall (3)

Dave Munro and Red Tarn from Helvellyn with Striding Edge beyond

Dave Munro and Red Tarn from Helvellyn with Striding Edge beyond

Photo: Paul Holroyd (7)

Helvellyn Summit Cairn

Helvellyn Summit Cairn

Photo: David Wright (269)

Helvellyn summit plateau

Helvellyn summit plateau

Photo: Craig Carter (8)

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Photo: Chris Oakley (2)

On Crib Goch

On Crib Goch

Photo: Dave Blanchard (2)

Anthea and Graham on Helvellyn summit with Ullswater in the distance

Anthea and Graham on Helvellyn summit with Ullswater in the distance

Photo: Graham Stainsby (1)

Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Photo: Gerry Ball (14)

At the summit of Helvellyn during a recent family get together

At the summit of Helvellyn during a recent family get together

Photo: John Turner (8)

Me (in orange jacket) and my mate Neil on our way to the top of Helvellyn on a drizzly and bitterly cold day.

Me (in orange jacket) and my mate Neil on our way to the top of Helvellyn on a drizzly and bitterly cold day.

Photo: David LeHunte (2)

Helvellyn from Hole-in-the-Wall at the start of Striding Edge

Helvellyn from Hole-in-the-Wall at the start of Striding Edge

Photo: Christian Sky (3)

Thirlmere from Browncove Crags (Helvellyn)

Thirlmere from Browncove Crags (Helvellyn)

Photo: Paul Coulter (8)

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam, Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Ullswater from the summit of Helvellyn

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam, Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Ullswater from the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Katherine Horrex (14)

Lesley and the 2 Cocker Spaniels, Millie and Monty, on Helvellyn in November 2011

Lesley and the 2 Cocker Spaniels, Millie and Monty, on Helvellyn in November 2011

Photo: Tony Lee (1)

Sarah on top of Helvellyn

Sarah on top of Helvellyn

Photo: Sarah Harrison (3)

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Roger Stone (1)

Nethermost Pike and Dollwaggon Pike from Helvellyn

Nethermost Pike and Dollwaggon Pike from Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (38)

Helvellyn summit

Helvellyn summit

Photo: Paul Coulter (10)

White Side summit cairn

White Side summit cairn

Photo: Paul Coulter (11)

The Trig Point on the summit of Helvellyn

The Trig Point on the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (532)

Mike, Tim and Shaun at the summit trig point on a very wet Helvellyn - I swear there were seals on the summit!

Mike, Tim and Shaun at the summit trig point on a very wet Helvellyn - I swear there were seals on the summit!

Photo: Mike Hall (2)

My mate Tony at Llyn Cau on the Minffordd Path with Cadair Idris in the background

My mate Tony at Llyn Cau on the Minffordd Path with Cadair Idris in the background

Photo: David LeHunte (3)

Above Browncove Crags (Helvellyn)

Above Browncove Crags (Helvellyn)

Photo: Paul Coulter (9)

Eric and me on Helvellyn, 5 months after his hip replacement :)

Eric and me on Helvellyn, 5 months after his hip replacement :)

Photo: Amanda Hamlyn (1)

On Helvellyn

On Helvellyn

Photo: Chris Oakley (3)

David Morecroft on top of the 'Howitzer', Helm Crag

David Morecroft on top of the 'Howitzer', Helm Crag

Photo: David Morecroft (20)

Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (32)

The famous Striding Edge from Helvellyn

The famous Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Paul Hopper (1)

Striding Edge from Helvellyn in all its glory

Striding Edge from Helvellyn in all its glory

Photo: Roger Nunns (1)

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Roy Smith (2)

On Silver How above Grasmere

On Silver How above Grasmere

Photo: Gillian Lauder (3)

Ullswater from Glenridding Dodd

Ullswater from Glenridding Dodd

Photo: Gerry Ball (13)

Thirlmere Reservoir from path from near Browncove Crags

Thirlmere Reservoir from path from near Browncove Crags

Photo: David Wright (270)

Striding Edge from Helvellyn summit

Striding Edge from Helvellyn summit

Photo: David Booth (5)

Base Brown summit cairn

Base Brown summit cairn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (533)

Striding Edge from the Helvellyn summit ridge

Striding Edge from the Helvellyn summit ridge

Photo: William Ringwood (42)

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (9)

Helvellyn (left), Swirral Edge and Red Tarn (Helvellyn) from the approach to Striding Edge near Hole-in-the-Wall

Helvellyn (left), Swirral Edge and Red Tarn (Helvellyn) from the approach to Striding Edge near Hole-in-the-Wall

Photo: Ray Foster (10)

Me on Helvellyn Summit

Me on Helvellyn Summit

Photo: Jonathan Ashforth (2)

Walkers beside the River Dove in Wolfscote Dale

Walkers beside the River Dove in Wolfscote Dale

Photo: Craig Carter (12)

Sunrise (4.50am) from the summit of Ingleborough

Sunrise (4.50am) from the summit of Ingleborough

Photo: Nigel Auty (2)

The infamous Striding Edge from Helvellyn

The infamous Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Andrew Fryer (2)

Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Photo: Tony Higgs (20)

Looking up Swirral Edge

Looking up Swirral Edge

Photo: Gerry Ball (15)

Green Gable and Great Gable from Grey Knotts

Green Gable and Great Gable from Grey Knotts

Photo: William Ringwood (43)

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Brian Lavery (3)

Me and my father John at the summit of Helvellyn at the beginning of Feb 2012

Me and my father John at the summit of Helvellyn at the beginning of Feb 2012

Photo: Helen Robinson (1)

Striding Edge from the lower slopes of Helvellyn

Striding Edge from the lower slopes of Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (31)

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Musicians on the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Brian Lavery (4)

John and Tony on top of Helvellyn

John and Tony on top of Helvellyn

Photo: John Gilllatt (1)

White Side from Helvellyn Lower Man

White Side from Helvellyn Lower Man

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (10)

Helvellyn summit trig piller

Helvellyn summit trig piller

Photo: Alan Wainwright (34)

Helvellyn from Swirral Edge

Helvellyn from Swirral Edge

Photo: Katherine Horrex (15)

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) with Catstye Cam beyond from Striding Edge

Red Tarn (Helvellyn) with Catstye Cam beyond from Striding Edge

Photo: Stella Whittaker (16)

Robin Hood's Bay

Robin Hood's Bay

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (13)

Helvellyn from White Side

Helvellyn from White Side

Photo: Roy Smith (3)

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Red Tarn and Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Tony Higgs (17)

Helvellyn Summit Shelter

Helvellyn Summit Shelter

Photo: David Wright (268)

Thirlmere from Lower Man (Helvellyn)

Thirlmere from Lower Man (Helvellyn)

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (11)

Coniston and Coniston Water from Dow Crag

Coniston and Coniston Water from Dow Crag

Photo: Chris Oakley (5)

Superb view of Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Superb view of Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Christian Sky (2)

Helvellyn and Striding Edge from Nethermost Pike

Helvellyn and Striding Edge from Nethermost Pike

Photo: Alan Wainwright (39)

Our dog Ted enjoying the view in the way up Helvellyn

Our dog Ted enjoying the view in the way up Helvellyn

Photo: Karen Kazerella (1)

Me and Darryl Brooks at Hallin Fell summit with Ullswater beyond

Me and Darryl Brooks at Hallin Fell summit with Ullswater beyond

Photo: Nanci Moll (4)

On Helvellyn

On Helvellyn

Photo: Gillian Lauder (2)

The cairn and plane crash memorial on the summit of Great Carrs

The cairn and plane crash memorial on the summit of Great Carrs

Photo: Christine Shepherd (525)

On Helvellyn

On Helvellyn

Photo: Dave Blanchard (1)

Fleetwith Pike reflected in Buttermere

Fleetwith Pike reflected in Buttermere

Photo: Paul Johnson (21)

Thirlmere from Helvellyn

Thirlmere from Helvellyn

Photo: Tony Higgs (21)

Looking down to Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Looking down to Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: William Ringwood (67)

Brassington Church

Brassington Church

Photo: David Dayton (29)

David Morecroft at the summit of Helvellyn

David Morecroft at the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: David Morecroft (19)

Thirlmere from Browncove Crags

Thirlmere from Browncove Crags

Photo: Roy Smith (1)

Lesley, Millie and Monty on Robinson summit in May 2012

Lesley, Millie and Monty on Robinson summit in May 2012

Photo: Tony Lee (2)

Helvellyn Summit

Helvellyn Summit

Photo: Richard Nicholls (40)

Me on Kinder Downfall wondering what happened to the waterfall

Me on Kinder Downfall wondering what happened to the waterfall

Photo: Peter Pearson (3)

Darryl at the top of Helvellyn

Darryl at the top of Helvellyn

Photo: Nanci Moll (3)

Walkers on Swirral Edge from the summit of Helvellyn

Walkers on Swirral Edge from the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Craig Carter (7)

Helvellyn Summit

Helvellyn Summit

Photo: Richard Nicholls (41)

Striding Edge and Red Tarn from Helvellyn Summit

Striding Edge and Red Tarn from Helvellyn Summit

Photo: Richard Nicholls (39)

Christmas Day on top of Helvellyn

Christmas Day on top of Helvellyn

Photo: Arabella Bazley (1)

Standing on the Ordnance Survey Concrete Ring on the summit of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Standing on the Ordnance Survey Concrete Ring on the summit of Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top)

Photo: Christine Shepherd (491)

Runaway Ramblers from Bury on top of Steel Fell (Dead Pike) in early May

Runaway Ramblers from Bury on top of Steel Fell (Dead Pike) in early May

Photo: David Morecroft (19)

Me at the summit trig point on Helvellyn

Me at the summit trig point on Helvellyn

Photo: Peter Pearson (2)

The aircraft memorial on Helvellyn

The aircraft memorial on Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (36)

Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Striding Edge from Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (33)

Helvellyn Summit

Helvellyn Summit

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (12)

On Great Gable

On Great Gable

Photo: Andrew Fryer (1)

Birkhouse Moor with Ullswater beyond from Helvellyn

Birkhouse Moor with Ullswater beyond from Helvellyn

Photo: Tony Higgs (18)

The Runaway Ramblers on Helvellyn

The Runaway Ramblers on Helvellyn

Photo: David Morecroft (12)

Dollywaggon Pike from Nethermost Pike

Dollywaggon Pike from Nethermost Pike

Photo: William Ringwood (68)

With work colleagues on the summit of Helvellyn on a sponsored walk

With work colleagues on the summit of Helvellyn on a sponsored walk

Photo: Kate Daniel (1)

Looking east across Barker Bank to Backtor Nook and Back Tor (Hollins Cross) from Hollins Cross

Looking east across Barker Bank to Backtor Nook and Back Tor (Hollins Cross) from Hollins Cross

Photo: David Wright (271)

Clouds rolling in over Fairfield (left), Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike from Helvellyn

Clouds rolling in over Fairfield (left), Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike from Helvellyn

Photo: Craig Carter (11)


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