YHA Helvellyn

Beds / Sleeps

What we have to offer

Please note: All prices are based on hiring the whole place per night.

YHA Helvellyn offers great access to the scenic landscapes; perfect for walking holidays. This is also a fantastic location to escape the hustle and bustle of towns and cities for a bit of peace and quiet.

Situated a mile from the nearest village, this hostel is definitely a Lake District rural retreat sitting 900ft above sea level between Thirlmere and Ullswater, north of Ambleside.

There are a number of walking routes, including climbing Helvellyn, and walks around Ullswater.

Alternatively, why not take in the spectacular views of the 60ft Aira Force Waterfall on Gowbarrow Fell?

Bedroom layout
The hostel has 70 beds in total, arranged in 2x2, 1x3 (which has a double bed), 11x4, 1x5 (which has a double bed) 1x6 and 1x8 bedrooms.
All bed linen is provided.

Dining room/Kitchen
The dining room comfortably seats 30 but can seat up to 36.
Kitchen facilities include 4gas ranges (10 hobs) and one gas oven, 2 microwaves,2 toasters, kettle,2 fridges and a good range of kitchen utensils, baking trays, crockery and cutlery sufficient for 50 people. Tea towels, cloths, black bin bags, recycling bags and washing up liquid are provided.

Washing facilities
There are 9 toilets and 6 showers throughout the building.

Other Facilities
There are 3 lounges the main upstairs lounge seats 6 on sofas and chairs and has a pool table, the bar aria seats up to 13 on sofas and stools and the bar can be opened on request for purchasing alcohol in the evening, and the small hidden third lounge seats 5. We have a large drying room, equipped with a washing machine and dryer.

There is only limited grounds round the hostel but we are situated high up the mountain with direct access onto the fellside.

Radiator heating throughout the building powered by our oil boilers. And plenty of hot water for showers.

Car parking
There is parking for up to 25 cars in the YHA car park near to the hostel. The small car park round the side of the building is for staff cars and deliveries.

YHA Helvellyn welcomes dogs! Add a dog to your booking at check out and bring your four legged friend along with you.

Need to know

If you don’t see availability online for the dates you require, please call us on 0800 0191700


At YHA Helvellyn we strive to cater for everybody. Unfortuantely none of our bedrooms or bathrooms currently meets modern standards of accessibility.

We have:

  • Two steps to enter the hostel
  • Steps to most facilities inside
  • Ground floor rooms

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In the area

Glenridding (1 mile), Glenridding Sailing Centre (1.5), Ullswater Steamers (1.5),

Hostel amenities

  • Parking - on-street
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Bed linen provided
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Gas
  • Toaster
  • Water kettle
  • Shared kitchen
  • Kitchen utensils provided
  • Private Garden
  • Central heating
  • Shower
  • Mountain view

Things to do

  • Water sports
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking

Discounts on your stay

Why not take out YHA membership today to save £30 on your Exclusive Hire booking? Not only will you get a discount on bookings with YHA Exclusive Hire, but you’ll also get exclusive discounts every time you stay with YHA, high street shopping discounts, email newsletters and much, much more!

Find out more information about YHA membership and the fantastic benefits.

To get your £30 off discount code, simply log in to YHA.org.uk and go to the Member Benefits tab.

How to find us

Our Address

YHA Helvellyn
CA11 0QR



YHA Helvellyn is signposted from Glenridding village, 1 mile past the Travellers Rest. The lane leading to the hostel is unsurfaced, but suitable for most vehicles.

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Stay Dates


Number Of Guests

Children 4-13 yrs
Babies 0-3 yrs

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