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Situated 900ft above sea level Helvellyn is an ideal starting point for the local fells. Quiet, secluded and tranqil, this hostel offers a much-needed escape from the busy valley below while not sacrificing on amenities.
Food and drink can be purchased in the hostel and the facilities are available 24 hours a day for campers.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Lake and/or mountain
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
- Coach stations
Thirlmere Coach Stop — 3.1 miles
3.1 miles Troutbeck (Cumbria): Hotel Bus Stop — 6.2 miles
6.2 miles Grasmere Coach Stop — 6.6 miles
- Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 11.9 miles
11.9 miles Windermere Rail Station — 12.0 miles
12.0 miles Staveley Rail Station — 13.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 1.5 miles
1.5 miles Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Ashness Gate Derwentwater Ferry Landing — 6.3 miles
Newcastle International Airport — 61.0 miles
From the M6 take the turn-off at Penrith and head westbound along the A66. Take the second turn-off at the roundabout, signposted Ullswater Steamers. When the road meets the lake take a right and keep driving until you enter the village of Glenridding.
Take the turn-off that leads to the Tourist Information centre, taking a left just after a bus stop. When you get to the top of the hill turn right and follow the road round to the left until it becomes a track. Follow this track for 5 minutes or so until you come to Helvellyn Youth Hostel.
England third highest, and most climbed, mountain of Helvellyn is an obvious attraction but the steamers on Ullswater should not be missed either. Watersports are available in Glenridding and there are several suitable sites for rock climbers nearby.
- Ullswater Steamers (1.5 miles)
- Castlerigg Stone Circle (6.0 miles)
- Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (6.6 miles)
- Grasmere and Great Langdale (7.8 miles)
- Townend (9.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.