There are only three other mountains in the Lake district apart from Helvellyn that are over 3,000ft and its safe to say they all command brilliant views both on the way up and at the summit.

The Helvellyn range is extremely massive and forms a large natural barrier from north to south between the troughs of the Thirlmere and Ullswater valleys. Helvellyn is no doubt one of the most popular mountains to conquer in the Lake District and the easy paths leading up the western flanks make it particularly suitable for the novice hiker. One of the most famous routes is the ascent from Patterdale via Striding Edge which Wainwright described as `The finest way of all to the top of Helvellyn ...giving newcomers and novices a thrilling first taste of real mountaineering'. This route ascends approximately 2700ft and covers five miles. It passes Red Tarn on your right and then continues along Striding Edge to the summit. The summit is marked by a small cairn with the best view being of Red Tarn and Striding Edge below. Other routes start from Grasmere, Glenridding, Wythburn and Thirlspot so there is no shortage of paths to choose from, although an eastern approach is recommended for better views (from Glenridding, Patterdale and Grasmere).

Choose a fine day on your Lake District cottage holiday to notch this particularly special climb as a real achievement.