Walk                           :  Steel Fell (1,811 feet) from Mill Bridge (off the A591)

Date                           :  22nd July 2017

Weather                    :  Sunny, but cloudy skies @ 19°C hot (for climbing)


Distance                   :  3 mile round trip

Time Taken              :  1 hour 25 mins to summit, 3 hours in total


Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated


Terrain Overview




Day one of our week long stay in our usual cottage in Ambleside. Having arrived in Lakeland later than planned we decided on a quick

walk up somewhere nearby and Steel Fell, just off the A591 passed Grasmere was a perfect fit



There is plenty of roadside parking off the A591, we chose the truck stop lay-by on the right hand side of the A591 climbing up to

Dunmail Raise



Steel Fell from the A591



The next door neighbour to Steel Fell …. Helm Crag (The Lion and the Lamb)



From the lay-by walk back towards Grasmere and on your right hand side is lane leading down to Low Mill Bridge



The lane twists and turns as it makes its way towards Ghyll Foot Farm



Continue past the Farm and fairly soon a private driveway branches off left and leads to a row of cottages



The tarmac path ends at the first cattle grid and starts to climb towards the cottages and the open fell side



Just after the cottages a 5 bar gate gives access to Greenburn Dale and the start of the track that veers off to the right



The first of the three distinctive rock outcrops that lead to the summit



Heading towards the first



Looking across to the “Howitzer” on Helm Crag … the true summit never conquered by Alfred Wainwright



Follow the path that cuts through the heather to the second outcrop



Higher up and a different aspect on Helm Crag



Sue “feeling the burn” for a little fell its reasonably steep in places



Heading towards the summit on what I have decided to call “Sheep Shit Avenue” …. It was caked in it !!!



Looking over towards the Coniston Fells



The final push to the top



Looking back where we have climbed from, quite steep really



Past the last rock tower and level ground leads to the summit cairn



Ste and Sue on the summit cairn


Click here for a 360 degree panoramic view from the top … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao9NZYMCSl8




To the right of the Helvellyn range towering above the A591



Swinging round due North and the extent of Thirlmere



Due south west and the Langdale Pikes.




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