Helvellyn PeakView map
The only way is up
eel like a challenge? Then dust off your walking boots and head for the hills. This is Britain’s third highest peak, standing at 950 metres above sea level, so getting to the top is no mean feat. But hey, if William Wordsworth can do it (and he did), then why can’t you? Your reward for following in the great poet’s footsteps are spectacular views of the Lake District laid out before you – like a giant version Google Maps.
You can reach the top via various paths – depending on how fit you’re feeling. Coming from the east, the ridges of Striding Edge and Swirrel Edge are the more difficult options – involving some scrambling over rocks – but the pay-off is a cracking view over the famous Red Tarn. Why not bring a tent and set up camp by the water, resting those aching legs while watching the sun go down over Hevellyn’s summit.