12th March 2005

The Greenburn Skyline - Steel Fell to Helm Crag.


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 13.15
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 2549 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Helmside - Steel Fell - Steel Fell Tarn - Calf Crag - Gibson Knott - Helm Crag - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the homesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

Looking across to Greendale Bottom from the start of the path up to Steel Fell.

The Helvellyn fells and Dunmail raise from Cotra Breast.

Dollywagon Pike and Seat Sandal. The dark looking summit of St Sunday Crag can be seen sticking up where the skyline of the two fells meet to form a "V" shape.

Looking over the Gibson Knott and Blea Rigg ridges towards the Coniston fells.

Steel Fell summit with Nethermost Pike, Dollywagon Pike, St Sunday Crag and Seat Sandal behind.
It had been quite warm on the path up to Steel Fell. The sun was shining almost all the way and I was sheltered from the wind. Once I arrived at the summit and I got the full force of an icy northern wind. Hat, gloves and extra fleece didn't stay in my bag for very long.

From Steel Fell summit again, this time looking to Thirlmere.
The fells in the far distance are (left) the Skiddaw fells, (right) Blencathra.

Steel Fell Tarn with the Helvellyn fells behind.

From the path to Calf Crag looking back along the route I took from Steel Fell.
In good conditions like today the area between Steel Fell and Calf Crag is quite easy to navigate, you can almost take any route you wish across the broad grassy ridge to reach Calf Crag, but during poor visibility this is a very confusing area as the paths are difficult to see and at close quarters everything looks the same.

Calf Crag summit with Brownrigg Tarn and Greenup Edge behind.

Gibson Knott and Helm Crag from near Calf Crag.

Helm Crag from Gibson Knott.

Helm Crag Summit with Steel Fell behind.

Zooming in on Easedale Tarn and the Langdales from the path off Helm Crag.

Lunch with a view.
Grasmere and Loughrigg.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks