YHA Helvellyn (Youth Hostels Association)

Penrith, Cumbria, United Kingdom








Due to the coronavirus pandemic our hostels are unavailable for bookings until 17th July 2020. If you are able to donate to support YHA’s charitable work at this difficult time, we’d be very grateful. Support YHA

We are offering our hostels to the NHS, homeless organisations and public sector services. For support please email [email protected]

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?

The hostel has 70 beds in total, arranged in 2 x 2, 1 x 3 (which has a double bed), 11 x 4, 1 x 5 (which has a double bed) 1 x 6 and 1 x 8 bedrooms. All bed linen is provided.

Dining room/kitchen
The dining room comfortably seats 30 but can seat up to 36. Kitchen facilities include four gas 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 three lounges at YHA Helvellyn. 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 are only limited grounds round the hostel but we are situated high up the mountain with direct access onto the fellside.

There is radiator heating throughout the building powered by our oil boilers and plenty of hot water for showers.

There is parking for up to 25 cars in the YHA car park near to the hostel.

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.

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!

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

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

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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Penrith, Cumbria, United Kingdom
54.547701 -2.98136

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