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Helvellyn Youth Hostel

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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.

This site is a member of YHA group.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed



Gastronomic delight

Lake and/or mountain


Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Tiny (1-10 pitches)


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  • Greenside, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA11 0QR
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 54.5477°N 2.9812°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Thirlmere Coach Stop — 3.1 miles
Troutbeck (Cumbria): Hotel Bus Stop — 6.2 miles
Grasmere Coach Stop — 6.6 miles
Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 11.9 miles
Windermere Rail Station — 12.0 miles
Staveley Rail Station — 13.6 miles
Ferry ports
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 1.5 miles
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 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.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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.

Must see

  • Ullswater Steamers (1.5 miles)
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle (6.0 miles)
  • Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (6.6 miles)

National Trust

  • Grasmere and Great Langdale (7.8 miles)
  • Townend (9.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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