20th November 2010

Helm Crag and Easedale Tarn


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 12.50
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale Road - Lancrigg - White Crag - Helm Crag - Stythwaite Steps - Easedale Tarn - Sourmilk Gill - Easedale - Grasmere - A591
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Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

A not so busy A591.

As seen as though there was a frosty start this morning I had the idea of putting a jacket in my bag, just in case it was really cold on Helm Crag. Talk about an idea backfiring on you. I hadn't even been walking for 15 minutes and I was already down to short sleeves and was seriously overheating.
It must have been thawing quickly today because all I could hear as I was walking through here were the drops of water landing on the leaves.

No, not that way, just keep walking down the road. That's the way I'm coming back later.

Heading towards Lancrigg with Tarn Crag on the skyline above the house.

The sign on the building says "not for cars". I can't believe there are people out there that would try to drive up here, , , having said that, I wouldn't put anything past some people.

A close up of Blind Tarn Cottage.


Sunshine on Helm Crag and it doesn't look like I'm the first one up here today.

Misty Grasmere.

Seat Sandal, taken from the top of Helm Crag.

The Howitzer. This is actually the highest point on Helm Crag, and far too close to nature for me; somewhere I'll never go.

Heading down from Bracken Hause to Far Easedale.

It's difficult to pin-point some things exactly, but the place where I joined this path more or less marks the beginning of Far Easedale.

Stythwaite Steps and bridge.
Just after crossing the bridge I turned left and headed up to Easedale Tarn.

Looking back to Helm Crag.

Reflections in Easedale Tarn

Sourmilk Gill waterfall.

A view across to Stone Arthur.

Moody skies over Helm Crag.

Millennium Bridge, built in the year 2000; when else?

A one armed blacksmith just outside Grasmere.

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