Helm Crag & The Lion and the Lamb

Submitted by Timwoods on 17 September 2007
OS Explorer Maps: OL7 - The English Lakes: SE areaOL5 - The English Lakes: NE areaOL4 - The English Lakes: NW area
 
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A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Grasmere, Cumbria, about 11km (roughly 6.8 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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A half-day walk from Grasmere village, this walk visits one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Lake District - the 'Lion and the Lamb' rock formations on the summit of Helm Crag. This walk runs over two maps - you will need OS Explorer 005 as well.
Start: Grasmere, OS Grid: NY337074
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OL7 - The English Lakes: SE area (buy with 10% off)
OL5 - The English Lakes: NE area (buy with 10% off)
OL4 - The English Lakes: NW area (buy with 10% off)
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 557m (1830ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1115m (3660ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 557m (1830ft)
Max. Elevation: 510m (1673ft)

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OS Grid: NY336074
From Grasmere, follow the Easedale Road heading northwest until you reach the small hamlet of Easedale.
About 1.4 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 1 OS Grid: NY327084
From Easedale, take the footpath which zigzags up past White Crag. Be warned - it's a steep one!
About 1 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 2 OS Grid: NY325094
First summit - Helm Crag. From here, follow the ridge in a northwest direction towards Gibson Knott, and carry on until you reach Calf Crag. The land around here is all National Trust-owned.
About 2.5 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 3 OS Grid: NY303105
At Calf Crag, the ridge widens into a plateau. Take a bearing and head for Steel Fell. On a clear day you will get a great view of Thirlsmere Reservoir. Follow the path off Steel Fell towards Helmside.
About 3 km (roughly 1.9 miles) from 4 OS Grid: NY332095
From Helmside, follow the road heading south back to Grasmere (sorry no footpaths here). Enjoy a nice cup of tea in Grasmere, and maybe a slice of cake.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 5 OS Grid: NY338075
Back to Grasmere, where there are buses heading north and south through the Lakes.
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