Walk                           :  Helm Crag (1,299ft) from Grasmere

Date                           :  22nd December 2011

Weather                    :  Overcast threatening rain

 

Distance                   : 3miles round trip

Time Taken              : 1 hour 20 mins to summit

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

A charming walk up to a very quirky summit, literally from the centre of Grasmere.

 

 

Helm Crag or “The Lion and the Lamb” as it is also known as viewed from Grasmere village centre

 

 

From the village centre take the Easdale Road leading out towards Easdale Tarn

 

 

Helm Crag overshadowing the tiny hamlet that you pass through at the bottom end of Easdale Road that leads onto a footpath

 

 

The footpath leads off towards Easdale Tarn – keep on the main drag and cross the bridge over Easdale Beck heading towards the Lancrigg Hotel. The climb

starts from there.

 

 

The permissive path takes you through the front lawns of the hotel where the track at the start of the climb is found

 

 

 

The start of the path

 

 

Through the wooded area on to the open fellside

 

 

Watch out for the staircase path on your right that you need to take which leads along the base of Jackdaw Crag

 

 

Slightly higher up the staircase and the gradient eases a little

 

 

At the very top of the staircase the view opens out towards Easdale Tarn

 

 

On reaching the shoulder prepare top swing right to climb up to the summit approaches

 

 

A view of Tran Crag through the low cloud from the shoulder

 

 

Following the path to the summit approach

 

 

The final approach to the summit – the path is well cairned

 

 

On the summit now and here is the rock formation known as “The Lion and the Lamb”

 

 

The “Howitzer” the true summit of Helm Crag which AW conceded that he had not managed to scale in the Central Fells guide book

 

 

Looking towards Gibson Knott from the Howitzer

 

 

Looking back south to Grasmere

 

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