Helvellyn Sunset Walk

Helvellyn Sunset Walk

  • 37 Donors
  • 22 Fundraisers
  • Event date Sat 14th May 2022 17:00
  • About

Support your local NHS hospital with the Helvellyn Sunset Walk

Join us for a classic climb up Helvellyn with a twist and see the spectacular views of the Lake District as the sun sets in the west.

Starting from Thirlmere, the walk takes you directly to the top of Helvellyn on a stepped route with incredible views of the Lake District. From the summit you will see Red Tarn, Striding Edge to Scafell Pike and the stunning view of Thirlmere.

We will remain at the top to watch Sunset for around 20 minutes before starting the descent. This means, we will be walking down in the dark, something not many will ever have done.

Registration Options

Fundraising: Pay a £40 registration fee and raise £200 in sponsorship

Self-funded: Pay a one off donation of £95

Registration includes an event t-shirt to wear on the walk, a certificate and medal for taking part!

Have any queries? Check out our FAQ below or email our team on charity.fundraising@york.nhs.uk


What does the registration fee include?

£40 registration fee includes;

  • a fully guided walk with support
  • Charity medal
  • an event t-shirt
  • personalised certificate
  • a dedicated page to collect donations and share your story

Is the Helvellyn Sunset Walk guided?

Yes! It is a guided walk with full mountain support from KUTA Outdoors. We will provide you with a detailed itinerary and kit list upon sign up. 

Is there an age limit for the walk?

We don't recommend children under the age of 10 taking part in the walk and then they must be accomplished at walking the distance and terrain. We welcome all ages, please just ensure that you are physically fit enought to endure the walk.

How long is the walk?

You will be walking 6 miles on some steep terrain for around 5 hours or more, with half an hour at the top. We aim to set off from Thirlmere Car Park at 5:30pm and return around midnight.

How fit do I need to be to take on the walk?

All fitness levels are welcome, however we expect walkers to complete the challenge within 6 hours. The amount of training you will need to do will depend on your current level of fitness. If you haven’t exercised for some time, you should seek your GP's advice before starting a new exercise regime.

We suggest that you do some uphill walking in advance! The Howardian Hills, Sutton Bank, North York Moors and the Cleveland Way have some great inclines.

Are dogs permitted on the walk?

No, dogs are not permitted on the walk.

Are transport or accommodation provided?

No, they are not, but we can offer advice on where to stay. Many people have planned on making a weekend of it.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there are toilets in Thirlmere car park where we will meet.

Why is there a registration fee?

Your entry fee covers the cost of the guides, safety support, t-shirt and medal.

Your sponsorship will also go towards supporting staff and patients who visit our hospitals across the Trust.

Why is there a self-funded option?

We appreciate that not everyone wants to ask for sponsorship but still want to take part and support us. Upon registration, a fundraising page will be created, but you don’t have to use it.

Is there a minimum fundraising target?

We encourage participants to raise £135, however we understand times are difficult for everyone at the moment and we are hugely grateful to our supporters for taking on this challenge. Raise as much as you can by sharing your fundraising page with friends and family so they can sponsor you.

Can I raise sponsorship offline?

Yes you can. You will receive a sponsorship form upon registration and we can supply you with collecting tins and personalised posters for those local shops and pubs. Get in touch with us and we'll get things ready for you.

Can I decide which hospital my money goes towards?

Yes – simply let us know if you have a specific department that you would like to support.

What happens once I've signed up?

Once you've signed up to the challenge you will receive your Sunset welcome and information pack via email. A fundraising page will be created when you register, which means you can start your fundraising right away!

Your t-shirt will be sent out to you no later than two weeks before the event or when you have reached your fundraising target.

Thank you for finding out more further information, please call 01904 724521 or email charity.fundraising@york.nhs.uk