Steel Fell

Details
Grid Ref NY 319 111
Height 1,811 ft

Along with Seat Sandal, Steel Fell shares the task of standing guard over Dunmail Raise. Although in the case of Steel Fell, a route up from the top of the pass, whilst not impossible, would be pushing things a little. I don't mind a steep climb, but in this case I have to admit a long walk in is preferable the the short sharp shock of a direct ascent.

Steel Fell is joined onto the Calf Crag, Gibson Knott, Helm Crag ridge by an area of, shall we just say wet ground. Once you've squelched you're way through this and found yourself at the top, you then realise that you're standing on a lone fell out on its own, rather than a fell which is always needs to be grouped with several others. From the summit area there are cracking views in every direction; I recon the best of all is the one down to Thirlmere and across to the Helvellyn fells.

I include myself when I say that more often than not, Steel Fell is walked as part of a Greenburn Horseshoe. I'd even go so far as to say it's generally the final movement of the quartet. Without analysing the walk out of existence, there are several advantages to doing this particular walk in this direction. Not least because Calf Crag is always busy, so it's best visited as early as possible.

 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: A591 - Mill Bridge - Helmside - Cotra Breast - Steel Fell
2.2 mile / approx 1500 ft ascent
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I wouldn't be put off by the short walk alongside the A591 at the start of this route if I were you. Once you begin the none stop uphill walk up Cotra Breast, you'll be more than pleased there was a warmup to begin with. And while this isn't exactly an 'in your face' climb, as many steep ridge routes of this nature can be, you will need to repeatedly turn around if you want to take advantage of the best of the views on offer.

One thing which is never really out of view is the traffic on Dunmail Raise; gradually getting smaller and quieter, but always there.


Photo gallery

Steel Fell taken from Helm Crag

Seen from the bottom of Seat Sandal
 
Looking up the south ridge

Seen from the road near Underhelm
 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 11

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
 

18th April 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 36
  7 tarns from Grasmere 12.3 mile 3400 ft
A591 - Butharlyp How - Easdale - Easdale Tarn - Codale Tarn - Sergeant Man - Thunacar Knott Tarn - Thunacar Knott - High Raise - Sergeant Man Tarn(s) - Ash Crags Tarn - Brownrigg Tarn - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn(s) - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Helmside - Low Mill Bridge - A591
 

3rd May 2014
  Scafell Pike from Dunmail Raise 16.8 mile 5800 ft
Dunmail Raise - Steel Fell - Steelfell Tarn - Calf Crag - Brownrigg Tarn - Codale Head - Sergeant Man - Thunacar Knott - Pavey Ark - Harrison Stickle - Pike O'Stickle - Martcrag Moor - Stake Pass - Rosset Pike - Angle Tarn - Esk Hause - Calf Cove - Great End - Broad Crag Col - Scafell Pike - Corridor Route - Styhead - Styhead Gill - Stockley Bridge - Seathwaite
 

29th March 2013
  Gibson Knott, Calf Crag and Steel Fell 7 mile 2100 ft
A591 - Low Mill Bridge - Ghyll Foot - Bracken Hause - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Ghyll Foot - Low Mill Bridge - A591
 

26th May 2012
  Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 16 - Greenup Edge 15.2 mile 4600 ft
Stonethwaite - Lining Crag - Greenup Edge - Calf Crag - Steelfell Tarn - Steel Fell - Helmside - A591 - Grasmere - Easedale Road - Far Easdale - Greenup Edge - Lining Crag - Stonethwaite
 

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
 

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 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
 

14th February 2004
  Ullscarf, Calf Crag, Steel Fell and quite a few tarns. 8.9 mile 2490 ft
Dobgill Car Park - Harrop Tarn - Mosshause Gill - Standing Crag - Ullscarf - Greenup Edge Tarns - Greenup Edge - Brownrigg Moss - Brownrigg Tarn - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Steel End Farm - Dobgill Bridge
 



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