30th July 2006

Greenburn Skyline. Helm Crag to Steel Fell from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 15.00
Duration 4hr 50 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Grasmere - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell - Helmside - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Broadgate, Grasmere

Broadgate is one of the three main car parks found in Grasmere. They all charge what may be considered over the odds, but I suppose parking in an area with so many walking options does come with a high price tag.

In addition to the walking on offer, the car park is within a minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and everything it has to tempt the visitor.


Route Map

Sunshine had returned again today for our walk from Grasmere. We didn't expect the day to be a nice as it turned out, but it was perfect for walking; with plenty of sunshine and a nice breeze on the tops.

Sunshine in Far Easedale. The ridge on the right is the one we walked along after leaving Helm Crag.

A close up of Easedale Tarn. We all commented a few times during the walk about just how dry it is everywhere, especially across in Sourmilk Gill where there was no evidence of the waterfalls which can usually be seen without any problem at all.

Jennifer and Anne on one of the rockier sections of Helm Crag. Grasmere is the lake which can be seen in the valley.

Looking ahead to Gibson Knott and Calf Crag. A much longer ridge then it looks.

And looking in the same direction from further along the ridge.

Just below Calf Crag.
The fells in the distance are, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, St Sunday Crag, Fairfield & Seat Sandal, Great Rigg. Steel Fell is the fell / ridge in the middle of the picture.

Calf Crag summit.

After leaving Calf Crag our route took us across to the tarn and then along the ridge to the right.

Steel Fell Tarn. I know the tarn isn't very deep even when it's full but I don't think I've ever seen it looking as dry as this.

The Steel Fell ridge.

Another tarn on the Steel Fell ridge. Not quite as dry as the larger one.

Looking back from the fence just below Steel Fell summit.

Thirlmere from Steel Fell summit. The fells in the far distance are some of the Northern Fells with the highest point on the skyline being Blancathra.

The long descent from Steel Fell.
The pointed fell at the end of the closest of the ridges running in from the right is the Helm Crag.

Looking back up to Steel Fell.

And again.

The Helvellyn fells seen across Dunmail Raise.

It was much hotter now that we'd reached valley level and was just right for the lovely walk back into Grasmere.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks