Helm Crag

Details
Grid Ref NY 327 093
Height 1,328 ft

Although Silver How is closer and even Stone Arthur is within easy striking distance I've always thought of Helm Crag as being Grasmere's own fell. Just as I think Latrigg is to Keswick and Wansfell Pike is to Ambleside.

I've known Helm Crag as long as I can ever remember, although it wasn't until I started fell walking that I found out it had a proper name. When we were on our days out as kids we were always told to look at the 'Lion and the Lamb', and as a not very interested youngster, I just assumed that was it's name. Little did I realise that one day I'd actually want to walk up here time and time again, eventually coming face to face with these two creatures, , , or not coming face to face as it turned out. If you decided it would be good idea to climb Helm Crag to seek out two big rocks, one in the shape of a lion and the other in that of a lamb, well, I'm sorry to say you won't find them. That's not to say you can't find the two rocks in question, it's just that they're found among a large collection misshapen rocks and boulders strewn about the summit of the fell. These rock range from the size of building brick to one named the Howitzer, as big as a transit van standing on its end.

It is possible to clamber up to the top of The Howitzer. I've seen lots of people do it, and heard of others who've 'topped out' on here. Speaking for myself as a total none climber, I can't see me ever doing this. Getting up would be fine, getting down however, this something I would not be comfortable with.

 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Grasmere - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag
1.7 mile / approx 1100 ft ascent
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If you're setting out from Grasmere, this is the obvious and most straightforward route to take. Sadly the clear-cut nature of the route has caused it to be a very busy place indeed, particularly during the summer months. To enjoy the fell top, and more importantly for me, to enjoy the walk, this route is best done out of season or at the crack of dawn.

 

Route suggestion: Grasmere - Easedale Road - almost into Far Easedale - Bracken Hause - Helm Crag
2.1 mile / approx 1200 ft ascent
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This route offers a slight variation on the previous route. I have to admit, if I were walking Helm Crag on it's own, this would probably be my route off the fell. It does work just as well as an ascent route though.

After periods of rain, it will be a little wet under foot after you leave the valley path to start your ascent.
If you walk as far as the wooden bridge at Stythwaite Steps, you've gone to far.


Photo gallery

Taken from the path on Silver How
 
Looking down to Helm Crag
 

Helm Crag from the road into Far Easedale
 
Seen from the opposite side of the valley
 

 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 15

2nd January 2017
  Helm Crag and a circuit of Grasmere 7.8 mile about 1700 ft
A591 - Butharlyp How - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag - Green Burn - Ghyll Foot - Low Mill Bridge - Easedale Road - Grasmere (village) - Grasmere (lake) - Baneriggs - A591 - Grasmere (village) - A591
 

4th June 2016
  The Greenburn skyline - Helm Crag to Steel Fell 7.5 mile About 2300 ft
A591 - Low Mill Bridge - Helmside - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Helmside - Low Mill Bridge - A591
 

28th December 2014
  Helm Crag 5.5 mile 1200 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag - Bracken Hause - Green Burn - Ghyll Foot - Underhelm - Easedale Road - Grasmere - A591
 

29th December 2013
  Helm Crag and Grasmere 5.5 mile 1200 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag - Bracken Hause - Green Burn - Ghyll Foot - Underhelm - Easedale Road - Grasmere - A591
 

1st January 2013
  Helm Crag and Grasmere 5.9 mile 1200 ft
A591 - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag - Bracken Hause - Green Burn - Ghyll Foot - Underhelm - Easedale Road - Grasmere - A591
 

4th October 2012
  Helm Crag and Grasmere 5.5 mile 1200 ft
A591 - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag - Bracken Hause - Green Burn - Ghyll Foot - Underhelm - Easedale Road - Grasmere - A591
 

22nd December 2011
  Helm Crag and Grasmere 5.5 mile 1200 ft
A591 - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag - Bracken Hause - Green Burn - Ghyll Foot - Underhelm - Easedale Road - Grasmere - A591
 

23rd March 2011
  Greenburn skyline - Helm Crag to Steel Fell 9.4 mile 2300 ft
A591 - Butharlyp Howe - Easadale Road - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Helm Side - Low Mill Bridge - Goody Bridge - Grasmere - A591
 

20th November 2010
  Helm Crag and Easedale Tarn 7.1 mile 1700 ft
A591 - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale Road - Lancrigg - White Crag - Helm Crag - Stythwaite Steps - Easedale Tarn - Sourmilk Gill - Easedale - Grasmere - A591
 

4th October 2009
  A Greenburn round - Helm Crag to Steel Fell 8.5 mile 2431 ft
Grasmere - Easedale Road - Lancrigg - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steelfell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra - Helmside - Underhelm - Easedale Road - Grasmere
 

16th December 2007
  Helm Crag to Steel Fell 8.5 mile 2456 ft
Grasmere - Easedale - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Helmside - Easedale Road - Grasmere
 

30th September 2007
  Helm Crag to Calf Crag and Greenburn Bottom 7.6 mile 2200 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Easedale - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Greenburn Bottom - Mill Bridge - A591
 

30th July 2006
  Greenburn Skyline. Helm Crag to Steel Fell from Grasmere. 8 mile 2500 ft
Grasmere - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell - Helmside - Grasmere
 

12th March 2005
  The Greenburn Skyline - Steel Fell to Helm Crag. 8.2 mile 2549 ft
Grasmere - Helmside - Steel Fell - Steel Fell Tarn - Calf Crag - Gibson Knott - Helm Crag - Grasmere
 

28th November 2004
  A change of plan on Gibson Knott. 8.4 mile 1946 ft
Grasmere - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Greenburn - A591 - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere
 



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