A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in 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)
From Grasmere, follow the Easedale Road heading northwest until you reach the small hamlet of Easedale.
From Easedale, take the footpath which zigzags up past White Crag. Be warned - it's a steep one!
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.
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.
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.
Back to Grasmere, where there are buses heading north and south through the Lakes.