Sunrise from the Summit of Helvellyn Walk

Helvellyn, voted Britain’s most popular mountain, is one of the Lake District’s most famous peaks. The views from the summit are breathtaking and to see these unfold as the sun rises is an experience not to be missed. The deep blues of the star filled night sky giving way to pale pastel colours before the bright reds and oranges herald the golden glow of the sun climbing above the horizon.

Standing ‘on top of the world’ we can enjoy the magnificence of nature. To the north, bathed in golden light, stands majestic Blencathra and Skiddaw. Below our feet, runs razor-sharp Striding Edge pointing east to Ullswater and the Pennines beyond. All around unfurl distant views of the beautiful Lake District – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you would like to see the sunrise from Helvellyn then why not book a ‘Sunrise from the Summit of Helvellyn’ walk. Your walk will be led by Lathan Ball, a qualified and knowledgeable Mountain Leader. Starting from the shores of Lake Thirlmere we will ascend a good mountain path, zig-zagging upwards under the dark night sky. Away from urban lights our eyes will be drawn upwards to the awe and wonder of the bright star filled heavens. From Lower Man we will follow the skyline ridge as the stars give rise to deep blues and golden yellows. Arriving on the summit to see the  sunrise and savour its warmth upon our faces.

After welcoming the dawn we will enjoy a hot drink and breakfast snack before beginning our descent – returning by a circular route to our starting point.

Distance: 6 miles

Height gain: 2500ft / 760m

Time: approx. 6 hours

The ascent will take 2 – 2.5 hours and we will begin walking about 3 hours before sunrise. The exact start time will depend upon the time of year. We will walk at a comfortable pace with plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent lake and mountain scenery. If you are walking fit and can carry a small daysack with your food, water and waterproofs you should be able to complete this walk.

Full details will be sent after booking.

A ‘Sunrise from the Summit of Helvellyn’ walk can be booked with or without accommodation.

Accommodation for 1-2 people is in our characterful Natland cottage. Accommodation is provided on a full board basis and includes transport to and from the walk. For accommodation details please see our webpage.

Sunrise Walk with Accommodation.

What’s Included:

  • A Sunrise from the Summit of Helvellyn guided walk on dates of your choice.
  • Comfortable accommodation in twin/double room (with private bathroom).
  • All meals – this includes a full English breakfast, packed lunch and a hearty evening meal prepared with hungry walkers in mind.
  • We will happily provide flasks of hot tea or coffee for you to take on your walk.
  • Hot drink and a tasty treat when you return from your walk.
  • Transfer by car to the start of your walk and back again at the end of the day.
  • Your walk will be led by a fully qualified Mountain Leader.
  • Mountain weather forecast.
  • Recommended equipment list.
  • For those of you arriving by public transport we also include pick-up and drop-off at Oxenholme railway station or Kendal coach station. Oxenholme lies on the Main West Coast Railway Line providing direct links to London, Glasgow, Manchester Airport and Windermere. Just let us know what time you will arrive.

Lathan will lead your sunrise from the summit of Helvellyn guided walk. Lathan has over 35 years walking experience, is a qualified Mountain Leader and holds a current mountain first aid certificate.

1 Days Walking/1 Night’s accommodation

  • Day 1 – Arrive
  • Day 2 – Ascent of Helvellyn. Return to accommodation, light lunch, leave

Can be booked anytime you want to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.

£169 per person (based on two people sharing a double or twin room).

1 Days Walking/2 Nights

  • Day 1 – Arrive
  • Day 2 – Ascent of Helvellyn
  • Day 3 – Leave

Ideal for a weekend, arriving on a Friday evening and leaving on Sunday morning, this short break can be booked to begin anytime you need a refreshing escape to the hills.

£249 per person (based on two people sharing a double or twin room).

To book your break please contact us with your preferred dates, the number of people and the number of nights accommodation/days walking you require. We will then confirm availability and forward payment details.

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If you would like to book a different number of days than those listed above please contact us with your preferred dates and we will get back to you with a price and availability. We look forward to hearing from you.

Helvellyn Sunrise Walk without Accommodation

Alternatively, you can organise your own accommodation and book Threesixteen to guide you or your group. For this option we will meet at Swirl Howes carpark (details will be e-mailed).

The cost of a guided sunrise walk, for an individual or private group is £180 (the maximum group size is 4 people).

If you book a one-to-one or small group experience as an inspirational gift or for a special occasion you will be provided with an attractive voucher containing details of the day.


Covid-19 Statement

Updated 18th January 2021

We are currently working as normal, whilst doing all we can to maintain social distancing, minimise transmission risks and respect those around us. We are operating in line with government guidance and advice from the British Mountaineering Council and the Mountain Training Association.

If we need to cancel your holiday because of changes in the government Covid-19 guidelines we will provide you with a full refund or help you organise alternative dates. We hope this gives you peace of mind.

The World Health Organisation provide useful advice on how to protect yourselves and others from Covid-19.

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