16th December 2007

Helm Crag to Steel Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 14.10
Duration 4 hr 20 min
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 2456 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Grasmere - Easedale - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Helmside - Easedale Road - 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

Brimmer Head Farm seen below us in Easedale.

It was a bit grey and murky in this area of the Lake District today, as this picture looking down to Grasmere shows. A shame really, because as I reached the Keswick end of Thirlmere as I was driving home it was like a different day altogether with blue sky and sunshine.

The Howitzer, the highest point on Helm Crag. Needless to say I haven't been to the top nor am I ever likely to do so. Just a little too close to nature for a none climber like myself.

Gibson Knott is the next fell along the ridge, found just short of half way between Helm Crag and Calf Crag. This is an enjoyable and easy enough ridge, but it just seems to go on for ever, with one false summit after another.

Gibson Knott summit.

A close up of Brownrigg Tarn, taken from Calf Crag.

It wasn't quite the best day for photos, as this picture looking across to Steel Fell shows, but the subdued light we experienced was actually very nice while we were there.

A very wintry looking Steel Fell Tarn.
It was as cold as it looks by the way.

And again.

Almost at Steel Fell summit now and looking back down the fence line.

And looking ahead to the summit.

Steel Fell summit.


Falling height and rising temperatures as we make our way down Steel Fells southern ridge.

And looking in the same direction from much further down the ridge. Notice Helm Crag summit on the right hand side of the picture.

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Lake District Walks