28th December 2014

Helm Crag


Walk Overview
Time 9:30am to 12:30pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Easedale Road - White Crag - Helm Crag - Bracken Hause - Green Burn - Ghyll Foot - Underhelm - Easedale Road - Grasmere - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking Spaces, A591 outside Grasmere

When Grasmere is very busy and parking is a problem, this would be a good place to try. It may be outside the village but it's only a 5 minute walk to the village centre. From the south end of the lay-by cross straight over the road and follow the signed footpath to Millennium Bridge and the church.


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


You may have noticed that I've walked in the Grasmere area quite a few times this year. Hopefully that hasn't caused you too much distress because here's another one. Today's outing would take us onto Helm Crag which I last visited one year ago tomorrow.

All shadows point to Helm Crag.

A closer view of Helm Crag now.

Seat Sandal.

We hadn't spotted it but a very kind bloke told us "there's a Deer in that field if you want a look".

Before beginning to head up Helm Crag we walked through Easedale where we enjoyed views across to Tarn Crag and Sergeant Man.


Looking down to Far Easedale.

As we gained height, the tops of the Langdales begin to show their heads along with Blea Rigg and Sergeant Man.

Arguably the best viewpoint on Helm Crag is this one found on a small area of level ground somewhere around half way up the fell. Over there you have Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

A close up of Town Head.


We're at the top now and looking in a northerly direction where we could see all the cloud had magically disappeared into thin air.

The Howitzer.

We have two choices here; turn left and head down towards Easedale or turn right and follow the zigzag route down to Helmside. The zigzag option got the vote despite having to leave the sunshine and head into the shade for a while.

Back in the sunshine and looking up the ridge on Steel Fell.

That's Steel Fell again, this time from further along the road back to Grasmere.

Turning around to take in the view across the valley to Seat Sandal and Fairfield.

A little further to the right and Stone Arthur fills the scene.

Underhelm Farm, , , , it's an absolute disgrace isn't it. Particularly when you realise this is found in the middle of one of the most beautiful places in the whole country.


This is only part of the mess by the way. I've seem tidier rubbish tips.

Heidi's of Grasmere. Supplier of very nice sandwiches and cake for fell walkers who couldn't be bothered making anything at home. It took a while for them to make the sandwich Jennifer had asked for but it turned out to be worth the wait.

Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

Today's final view is this one looking back across to Helm Crag.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks