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This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
950 m (3116 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Helvellyn (3000ft+) is the highest point of a long undulating ridge extending from Grisedale Tarn in the S to Clough Head overlooking the village of Threlkeld, in the Lake District (England). This ridge presents a continuous steep grassy slope to the W, but is broken into a series of craggy corries (‘coves’) with intervening ridges to the E. Ascent routes from the E and S show the topography to best advantage. Helvellyn has four ridges.

The S ridge runs over Nethermost Pike (891m) to Dollywagon Pike (845m). The NW ridge runs to Lower Man (925m) then divides into a NW ridge descending to Thirlmere and a N ridge continuing to Whiteside Bank and other tops ultimately finishing at Clough Head.

The NE ridge (Swirral Edge) connects to Catstye Cam (890m); and the E ridge (Striding Edge) is a fine rocky arête leading to High Spying How (860m contour), then continuing NE as a broad ridge to Birkhouse Moor (700m contour).

The ascent via Striding Edge is a popular Lakeland classic.

Hazards you may encounter on Helvellyn include
 Steep slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Stony/rocky Slopes on or near ascent routes.
 Crags near summit.
 Narrow Ridges, with exposure.
 Scrambling (minor), easy hand and footholds.
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
A special thank you to David S Brown for his work on this and all of the England/Wales information.
Picture Gallery for Helvellyn

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Cumbrian Fells
by MWIS (PDF format)
Lake District
by Met Office
by Metcheck
Helvellyn Area Map
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The summary information of one or more ascent routes that include Helvellyn.

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 Routes that include Helvellyn
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 950 m 11.32 km 4 hrs Helvellyn  Medium length classic route from Patterdale across narrow Striding Edge (mild exposure, can be avoided on slope to N) then a steep scramble to the summit. Route passes close to crags.  
2 1690 m 20.57 km 7 hrs Helvellyn  Long S to N traverse route on paths and return by public bus (Keswick-Ambleside regular service), with good pub whilst waiting for bus (or 9km walk). The main and popular track contours below Dollywagon Pike and Nethermost Pike, leaving these quiet.  

Pictures submitted by members on the summit of Helvellyn

 Baggers Gallery for Helvellyn

View from summit Helvellyn 12/07/08

© John Donnelly

Image by John Donnelly

Me at the trig point on Helvellyn

© David S Brown

Image by David S Brown

Jessica on top of Helvellyn

© Peter Howell

Image by Peter Howell

enroute to helvellyn with skiddaw behind

© Jim Nicol

Image by Jim Nicol
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Phillip Ferguson on 08 Nov 2017

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Post a few words about Helvellyn or read what others have had to say.

William Mulholland
wrote on
August 26, 2012
Not as busy as you think, don't do it on a bank holiday!
Derek Turnbull
wrote on
June 27, 2010
No queue yesterday! A perfect day for walking but I only met about 20 people on the entire 10 mile route. Lesson learned: go walking on a Friday afternoon/evening when everyone is preparing for their weekend on the hills :-)
Mike Watson
wrote on
June 14, 2009
Be prepared to queue on Striding Edge!

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