Britain’s Favourite Walk…Helvellyn


It is official! Helvellyn takes gold.  On 30th January many tuned into ITV’s ‘Britains Favourite Walks: Top 100’. Presented by an avid walker and former Country File presenter. Julia Bradbury.

In this two hour show, it counts down the top 100 walks in Britain, voted by the public; from a poll of 8000 people.

I am not sure about you, but I am so proud of our beautiful country. I now realise, I must get out and explore the beautiful area where I live and work. Running a hotel does not give my family, and I time to enjoy what is out our front door but believe me when I say, we know it is out there. With the Lake District taking 5 of the top 10 spots we feel incredibly privileged.

With Helvellyn sitting proudly as Britain’s number one walk, I am not sure about you, but its definitely on my to-do list of 2018. I often hear from guests who have spent the day climbing, when they arrive back to tell their story they sound so euphoric that it takes you in with them.

Facts on Helvellyn

The highest point of the Helvellyn range, a north-south line of mountains to the north of Ambleside, between the lakes of Thirlmere and Ullswater. At 3117 feet. A climb up to the summit can be combined with a walk along Swirral Edge to Catseye Cam.

At the base of the ridge is Red Tarn, a beautiful lake that has been dammed to provide power for mining further down the valley. The outflow from the tarn eventually runs into Glenridding Beck, and then into Ullswater.

Striding Edge is one of the most challenging in the Lake District, It is not for the faint-hearted, I am not sure I would be brave enough to tackle it, but who knows? I know my sister Selina went over striding edge on a very misty day and mentioned how she had to make use of her hands and knees.

Alfred Wainwright describes Helvellyn; “as a rule, a very friendly giant. If it did not inspire affection would it’s devotees return to it so often?”

When I asked a good friend, Paul (aka Lake District Fells @glocky9 on Twitter), his thoughts. He say’s; “I think she is beautiful, but a brutal mountain. A mountain everybody falls in love with once climbed.”

So there you have it! The words of Ore Oduba; “Come on Britain pull on your boots and get walking.”

“Follow this handy article by Mud and Routes for a comprehensive list of fully described and mapped routes for All the Walking Routes up Helvellyn

Special thanks to;

Traiils for use of their video, you can find them at

Paul of Lake District Fells for his quote and images. you can find him at