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 7 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. 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 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 km (roughly 1 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 1 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 km (roughly 2 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 2 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 km (roughly 2 miles) from 5 OS Grid: NY338075
Back to Grasmere, where there are buses heading north and south through the Lakes.
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