• Distance: 7 miles • Duration: 6 hours
It may not be England’s highest peak, but there’s something beguiling about Helvellyn in the Lake District. So much so, that poet William Wordsworth wrote a lot about it. The most popular route is up the rocky ridge of Striding Edge, which is accessible for most walkers – it also offers the most direct access to the summit. Alternatively, climb the less demanding Swirral Edge. The summit comes as a surprise to many – it’s a near-flat plateau that saw Britain’s first mountaintop plane landing in 1926.