Helvellyn Circular is a 7 mile loop trail located near Glasmere, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and backpacking.

Length7.0 miElevation gain3,044 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingHikingNature tripsRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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A strenuous ascent on a very clear path all the way to the summit, with great views of Thirlmere. The car park is £7 and only coins are accepted. Ascent takes approximately just under two hours. Descent to Swirls car park is very clear, mostly "paved" and quite steep, so a bit tough on the knees - walking sticks might come in handy.

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Ross Strong
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Great, challenging but rewarding hike. The hike up to the top is relentless but well paved with steps- We chose this route to avoid any scrambling, which we didn’t have to do. A lot of the way up is 45° with not much let off, but once up near the top it levels out. The way back down is a lot less strenuous although there are still some steep bits. The walk back parallel to the lake is long, but leisurely and feels nice after the steep accent and descent. Took just over 2 hours going up, just under 2 coming down, and about an hour through the woods parallel to the lake.

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Ian Bennions
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Awesome

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Rach wadworth
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Great easy to follow route. We were blessed with the weather and enjoyed spectacular views from the summit. The ascent and descent both steep and rocky in parts but not excessively challenging.

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Daniel Woodier
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A strenuous ascent on a very clear path all the way to the summit, with great views of Thirlmere. Car park was £7 and had to pay in coins, so have these handy. I was fairly lucky with the weather, with it being clear all the way up, but then there was intermittent cloud at the summit which gave non-continous sight of the normally fantastic view of Striding Edge, Swirrel Edge and the tarn between them. Ascent took just under two hours. Descent to Swirls car park is very clear, mostly "paved" and quite steep, so a bit tough on the knees. Descent took 1hr 45m. Walk back along the forest trail was a nice return to the Wythburn car park took about 40 minutes.

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Sara Assadi
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One of my favourites at the Lake District, a lot of elevation but it’s over and done with quickly, leaving you with lots of nice views the whole way back

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Steven Mcewan
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imcredible views. Brilliant pub about 1km off the track.

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Jack Cunningham
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Kieran Wainwright
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Nick Bennions
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Dan Gaskell
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Kieran Wainwright
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Ian Button
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Julienne Vego
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Sharon Chung
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Chris Ellis
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Paulius Keršys
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Marc Nixon
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Dominic Topham
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Jim Brown
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David Talavera
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