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YHA Helvellyn
Reviewed August 26, 2013

Needing a cost effective, one night stop-over for a family of three on the way to Scotland to see relatives, we thought we would try a youth hostel. I was up to my eyes at work and booked this in a bit of a hurry, but what a gem it turned out to be. It was the most amazing place, a drive up a small track beside a fast flowing stream made us feel as if we were on an adventure. The welcome was warm and the hostel clean and friendly. A well stocked bar and cosy sitting area was the perfect place to relax after a long drive. We walked down to the village in glorious morning sunshine with spectacular views - just wish we could have stayed longer!

Room Tip: Private Family rooms available - shared showers but nothing like I imagined hostelling would be. bet...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Lovely hostel at the foot of Helvellyn. Our family room number 7 was very basic but we slept well, with the sound of the ghyll to put us to sleep. Important things like hot showers and decent coffee all in place. Best of all was the staff, so friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable about the local fells. Nothing too much trouble for them. Thank you for a great stay.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

The only reason for the average score is the hostel is in a bad need of a refurb. Otherwise, we had a great time and the staff (thanks Rob and Lukas) was very friendly and flexibile. I have to thank you guys for the oil and salt and pepper which saved a group of 15 from a dull and bland dinner. I think we had a most enjoyable stay and the view from the top (Striding Edge) is worth every bit of sweat!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank Luanix
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Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at Helvellyn YH on the 10th July having travelled from Hawkeshead on our motorbike, we got there at 3.30 and found that the reception was closed until 5 :0(, however the staff member at the counter was very helpful and gave me the key to my room so I didn't have to wait, thank you. In fact nothing was to much trouble for them, even when my partner parked his bike in the staff car park. The room was clean ditto the bedding and the shower room was excellent, plenty of hot water. All in all a good place to stay and will be back.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank sareylou
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Stayed here for three nights on a hiking long weekend as a family. It is not five star and doesn't pretend to be, but has a good atmosphete created by helpful staff and (when we visited) a good community of other guests. Common room with games, tv etc. Restaurant food was fine. We pre-booked breakfast as vegetarians and veggie sausages were provided - a great cooked breakfast. Our kids aged 10 and 12 loved the place. Room was too warm and temperature could not be controlled but that was the only down side.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Catherine S
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Just returned from YHA Helvellyn and had a great weekend.

On arrival we ordered 2 meals for 8 p.m and went off walking. When we got back down from Helvellyn, very hungry and tired, there were 2 fantastic vegetarian meals ready and waiting for us. The restaurant is a lovely dining area and we sat looking out over the beck - what more could you ask for?

We were given room 15 which is directly above the front door of the hostel. It is a nice room with a good view. The only thing which detracted from it was that the fire door into the corridor next to
room 15 has a faulty closing mechanism, resulting in the door slamming shut loudly whenever anybody used it. In effect, this meant that we could not get off to sleep until the last person of the night had gone through it!

All of the washrooms that we used were spotlessly clean.

The self catering kitchen appeared adequate for the size of the hostel but if we stayed again (which we certainly hope to do), we would again definitely go for the evening meals in the restaurant.

The location of the hostel is perfect for walkers. The paths to Helvellyn are from the front door. We also walked to Glenridding Dodd the next morning before setting off home.

Overall, this youth hostel has lots of character, has great food and is in one of the best locations for walking in the U.K. Hoping to return a.s.a.p.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Basically a standard youth hostel in a stunning location. Perfect for climbing helvellyn or just exploring the lakes. The rooms are basic and clean but don't have any plugs in them which is fairly annoying.

Staff were friendly and helpful, and I would definitely stay here again! :)

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Greenside Mines, Glenridding CA11 0QR, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Cumbria > Lake District > Glenridding
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Glenridding
Price Range: $18 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — YHA Helvellyn 2*
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