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Helm Crag & The Lion and the Lamb

A moderate walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 10.30km (6.40 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 437m (1433ft)
Descent 437m (1433ft)
Max. Elevation 510m (1673ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 874m (2866ft)
Start & End
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 17 Sep 2007
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.

Walk Functions


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OS Grid NY336074
From Grasmere, follow the Easedale Road heading northwest until you reach the small hamlet of Easedale.
OS Grid NY327084
From Easedale, take the footpath which zigzags up past White Crag. Be warned - it's a steep one!
About 1.44 km (~0.89 miles) from
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 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from
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 2.45 km (~1.52 miles) from
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 3.03 km (~1.88 miles) from
OS Grid NY338075
Back to Grasmere, where there are buses heading north and south through the Lakes.
About 2.15 km (~1.34 miles) from

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