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  • Stunningly scenic site 300 metres up England's third highest mountain
  • Quiet/secluded but with excellent amenities including bar and lounge
  • Hot and cold breakfast buffet plus supper club meals available to buy

Find your fells accommodation with a stay up high at YHA Helvellyn in Cumbria, a secluded and peaceful site on England’s third highest peak.

In the Lake District National Park five minutes’ drive from Ullswater, YHA Helvellyn’s mission is to provide a quiet retreat from the often busy valley below, but without cutting back on comfort or amenities: well-maintained showers, toilets and a guest lounge are available 24 hours a day; there’s also a library and a bike store, and a laundry and drying room for cleaning/drying any mucky or damp bits of kit.

This is a stunning setting: 964 feet up Helvellyn mountain, with stunning views over the Patterdale valley and with active options all around including walking routes and Helvellyn range climbs starting straight from the grounds – and if you’re a mountain biker, get ready for the splendid downhill ride from the Helvellyn summit). A ski slope with drag lift is 40 minutes’ hike away – or ski there if you’re around in snowy months…

No need to cart all your cooking kit and groceries up the mountain either, as you can book in and buy breakfast (a hot and cold buffet with meats, cheeses, yoghurts, fruit and full English) every morning from 730 unil 9am, and join the supper club every night to have two-course dinners with other guests or in your own quiet spot.

And then? Join fellow guests at the well-stocked bar to swap Lake District adventuring tales – of steamboat cruises, skiing, hill hiking or hurtling downhill on a mountaibn bike trail.

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Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Scouts welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Camping pods



Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise

Lake and/or mountain


Spectacular scenery


Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby


Tiny (1-10 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby


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  • Greenside, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria, England, CA11 0QR
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.5477°N 2.9814°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Lakeside House for Dove Cottage — 10.7 kilometres
Daffodil Hotel for Dove Cottage — 10.7 kilometres
Bus Station — 12.0 kilometres
Train stations
Penrith North Lakes Rail Station — 19.2 kilometres
Windermere Rail Station — 19.4 kilometres
Staveley Rail Station — 21.9 kilometres
Ferry ports
Glenridding Ullswater Ferry Landing — 2.5 kilometres
Howtown Ullswater Ferry Landing — 8.1 kilometres
Ashness Gate Derwentwater Ferry Landing — 10.2 kilometres
Newcastle International Airport — 98.2 kilometres


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 Helvellyn is the big draw around here, and rightly so: this peak making up the highest point of the Helvellyn range has been named by the BBC as the best walk in England.

Probably even more famed in the Lake District is Ullswater, the national park’s second biggest lake and accessible an easy five-minutes’ drive – or about half an hour’s walk – away. A ride on an Ullswater steamer is a must in this part of the Lakes, followed by a hike along part of the Ullswater Way past Pooley Bridge; access the path at Glenridding, for the remote six and a half-mile path to Howtown.

If you’re determined to stick to watery pursuits (sensible), these are easily sorted five minutes’ drive away too at Glenridding’s watersports centre on the Ullswater shores, where sailing, boating, kayaking and canoeing are all available. Further cruises are on Windermere, half an hour’s drive away: obviously you know that this is the biggest Lake District lake...

Must see

  • Ullswater Steamers (2.4 kilometres)
  • Castlerigg Stone Circle (9.7 kilometres)
  • Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum (10.7 kilometres)

National Trust

  • Grasmere and Great Langdale (12.5 kilometres)
  • Townend (15.9 kilometres)

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.

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does YHA Helvellyn have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is YHA Helvellyn dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near YHA Helvellyn? England third highest, and most climbed, mountain Helvellyn is the big draw around here, and rightly so: this peak making up the highest point of the Helvellyn range has been named by … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of YHA Helvellyn?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  5 p.m. –  10 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

All guests spending the night at the park must present their ID at the reception desk and sign registration forms.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Bookings must not be for more than 14 consecutive nights.

Continental touring caravans (caravans built with the door on the right-hand side) are not permitted.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via

Firearms are not permitted.

Group bookings of 16 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via

No cars/motorcycles at the site. All cars must be parked in the designated area.

Open fires are prohibited.

Visitors are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

Following any stay of 14 nights, guests may not stay in any other YHA accommodation for at least seven nights.

The ID must match the name and address on the booking. Where a booking is for more than one person, the named person on the booking will need to provide proof of identify that matches the name and address on the booking. ID will also be requested from all other adult guests. These IDs must match the name they sign in with at check in.

Please note discounts are not available for members of YHA (England and Wales) or Hostelling International as part of this booking.