YHA Helvellyn

Greenside, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0QR


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.

Why Groups love YHA Helvellyn

"Great" - 88%

Customer Satisfaction based on 140 scores

Bed and breakfast, per person, per night* (ex VAT)
Number of beds: 64

Learning Outside the Classroom

YHA is at the top of the class for educational visits. We have been awarded a Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Award at 74 of our youth hostels across England and Wales.

For more information about the Learning Outside the Classroom Awards, please visit Learning Outside the Classroom.

LOtC Awarded

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Packages available at YHA Helvellyn

YHA Helvellyn does not currently offer packages

Bolt-ons available at YHA Helvellyn

Adventure Bolt-on

Abseiling down a bridge

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.


  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Climbing
  • Gorge Walk
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Day
  • Raft building

Prices from


Per person* (ex VAT)

YHA Helvellyn does not currently offer bolt-ons

Personal service

Smaller venues offering a personable service.

Self-led options

Amazing bases for self-led options

Organised packages

Organised residential packages available 

Flexible approach

Totally flexible approach to your residential


A genuine sense of place and location

Experiential learning

Experiential learning opportunities

LOtC accredited sites

70+ LOtC accredited sites

Teachers participation

Teachers encouraged to participate in all activities, helping to enhance teacher-pupil relations



General: Test

  • Laundry
  • Drying room
  • Board games
  • Cycle store
  • Garden/grounds
  • Lounge
  • YHA Exclusive Hire


  • Car parking
  • Minibus parking

Food & Drink:

  • Licensed bar
  • Meals available
  • Self-catering kitchen

How to get here

Greenside, Glenridding, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0QR

By car and coach:
Helvellyn is signposted from Glenridding village, one mile past the Travellers Rest. The lane leading to the hostel is unsurfaced, but suitable for most vehicles.

By bus:
From Penrith you can take the 508 bus to Glenridding, and from there it is a 20 minute walk. On weekends and school holidays, the 508 also goes from Windermere. On weekends and school holidays, the 208 also goes twice a day from Keswick to Glenridding.

OS Map: 90
OS Grid Ref: NY366173
Latitude: 54.547756
Longitude: -2.981393
YHA Helvellyn