Helvellyn Range

Lake District, NW England
Helvellyn Range virtual field trip


The Helvellyn Range is located in the English Lake District in NW England. This virtual field trip provides an opportunity to explore the core area, focussing on Grisedale, Red Tarn and Helvellyn itself. Mountain glaciers were last present during the Younger Dryas (12,900 – 11,700 years ago), although the classic landforms of glacial erosion that are present developed over multiple periods of glaciation during the Quaternary. A range of non-glacial landforms are present, including those associated with periglacial, fluvial and slope failures.

The imagery was mostly acquired in May 2017, although the Grisedale imagery dates from May 2014.

Start of Virtual Field Trip

Helvellyn Virtual Field Trip


Google Earth file (.kml)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within Google Earth. KML files can also be used in other applications and web services.

Spreadsheet (.csv)

Download this file if you want to view the virtual field trip stops within GIS software, such as ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, QGis etc. Can also be used in Google Earth.

Ordnance Survey Open Maps

Access to open maps from the Ordnance Survey. The functionality is much more limited than offerings from swisstopo or the USGS, for example. There is a subscription service that provides access to aerial imagery and the excellent OS Outdoor Leisure Maps. If you want to look at the latter for free, use Bing Maps.

Bing Maps

In addition to its own mapping, this site provides access to published 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey Maps. You need to select these from the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner of the main window, and they will only show at certain zoom levels. Satellite imagery is also available.
Picture of Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

Dr Des McDougall (BSc, PhD, SFHEA)

I'm a Physical Geographer at the University of Worcester (England, UK). Interests include mountain glaciers, mountain geomorphology and Quaternary environmental change. I'm also interested in the use of virtual reality in teaching.

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