About YHA Helvellyn

Great for abseiling and climbing

Nestled in the Lake District mountains, YHA Helvellyn makes an incredible base to explore the second-highest peak in the Lakes. Our rural retreat sits 963ft high and is ideal for field trips and groups who want a head start up the mountain. You’ll find a fully licensed bar with real ales, three comfy lounges to chill out in, and a meeting room with conference facilities for studying or planning.

Mountaineering and walking groups are spoilt for choice, and schools can get really adventurous here with activities like abseiling and rock climbing. After a long day in the crags, sit down to some tasty group catering (we offer breakfast, lunch and evening meals), or enjoy a local ale from the bar.

The hostel is perfectly placed for geography field trips or you could visit Ullswater Lake to see the waters that inspired Wordsworth and Coleridge. Our dramatic location is also great for ice climbing, mountain bikers and watersports groups – just ask us about local providers. Whether you’re looking to relax and get away from it all or try some activities, YHA Helvellyn won’t disappoint.


  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire
  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

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Excellent value food options are also available for lunch and dinner at this hostel.

Contact us for our full list of rates and pricing options

"Great" - 88%

Customer Satisfaction based on 140 scores

2 Stars
Visit England accredited
Room 3 - 4 bed
Room 15 - 3 bed
Room 9 - 5 bed
2 x Landpods & externals/river view

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Optional Bolt-on activities at YHA Helvellyn

Perfect for groups looking to fill free time, our bolt-on activities can easily be added on to your YHA stay.  Available as half-day and full-day options, we offer an exciting range of activities that are designed to entertain and engage pupils of all ages and abilities.

YHA Helvellyn

Adventure Bolt-on

The British countryside offers a near-endless number of opportunities to explore, discover new things and try unusual activities.

Working with our approved AALA licenced partners they provide real, safe and thrilling experiences out in the great outdoors. We can offer a range of adventurous activities on a half-day and full-day basis so you can really make your residential trip suit you.


All our activities are in the real outdoors. Once booked you’ll be contacted by our partners who will discuss any specific requirements you may have.

Our most popular activities are listed below:

  • Climbing
  • Abseiling
  • Raft building
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Gorge Walk
  • Mountain Day
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54.547756, -2.981393

YHA Helvellyn

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OS Grid Ref:NY366173
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