30th March 2014

A Grasmere wander


Walk Overview
Time 2 to 4:30 pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 400 ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
Dunmail Raise - Town Head - Ghyll Foot - Easedale Road - Grasmere - Grasmere (lake) - Weir - A591 - Grasmere - A591 - Dunmail raise
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Grasmere side of Dunmail Raise

This is a decent sized parking area found somewhat away from the normal parking spots in and around Grasmere. If parking is impossible in the often very busy village, this is can be used as a last resort.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Ah well, it serves us right for not coming sooner. Grasmere was full, the parking spots outside Grasmere were full so we ended up parking in the spaces at the bottom of Dunmail Raise. On the plus side it did make the walk a couple of miles longer.

After a couple of hundred yards walking up the side of the road we turned left onto the route through Town Head.

Up there on the skyline is Steel Fell which doesn't look very steep at all from this angle. It was lovely and warm walking through here today, so much so that we intentionally stuck at valley level. It was very hazy anyway and a nice warm day like this had been so long in turning up I wasn't going to miss it for the sake of gaining a bit of height.

You pass by some lovely farmhouses along the walk through Town Head.

This one in front of Helm Crag. You can see just how hazy it is.

Ghyll Foot Farm looking as nice as ever.


A hazy view across to Seat Sandal and Fairfield (more or less).


Helm Crag seen from the path near Easedale Road.

Just when we'd given up all hope of ever getting a hot sunny day again this turns up. Fantastic, exactly what we want and with a bit of luck the first of many to come.



Helm Crag, Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur and Great Rigg all seen from the side of Grasmere.

The boathouse.

It's a good job the camera has one of those twisty viewing screens you can use to take pictures at awkward angles.

Stick some leaves on the trees and some bracken on the slope and you'd think it was the middle of summer.

Looking back down to the Grasmere end of the lake.


This is the furthest point from the car on this walk and also the place where we cross over onto the eastern side of the lake. As a bonus, we also get a chance to see the new path through the woods.

A roadside view of Grasmere.

Baneriggs Guest House.

Stone Arthur taken from the road just outside Grasmere.

Not far from the car now and we pass below High Broadrayne which is found below Seat Sandal.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks