26th May 2012

Walking the Lakeland Passes - Walk 16 - Greenup Edge


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 17.20
Duration 8 hr
Distance 15.2 mile
Ascent 4600 ft
Walking with Neil Haselwood at the beginning and again at the end
Stonethwaite - Lining Crag - Greenup Edge - Calf Crag - Steelfell Tarn - Steel Fell - Helmside - A591 - Grasmere - Easedale Road - Far Easdale - Greenup Edge - Lining Crag - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.


Route Map

Before setting off I took this photo looking across Borrowdale to High Spy. That sheep isn't daft, it's only us humans that think it's a good idea to walk about all day in the blazing sun.

The pass on today's walk was Greenup Edge, an obvious route linking Grasmere and Borrowdale. The original plan today had been to walk right over the pass from Stonethwaite to Grasmere at the beginning of the walk and then return over the fell tops. What I hadn't expected was for it to be sooooo hot. Because of this I decided that as seen as though I was already quite high up I'd stick to the tops before heading down to Grasmere. This meant that I'd have to walk the full Greenup Edge route in the opposite direction. Definitely a good decision given the conditions.

Turning around to get a picture back along the bottom section of the path between Stonethwaite and Greenup Edge.

Maggie, the white dot near the centre of the picture is you.

With a little height the view opens up to show part of Borrowdale, Dale Head and High Spy.

On the opposite side of the beck is Eagle Crag. Not far away, but it's a stiff climb to get to it from here.

Greenup Gill seen from the top of Lining Crag.
That's Skiddaw over there on the right.

The route across the top of Greenup Edge can be a bit of a boggy affair after periods of wet weather. Today it was easy going and no bother at all.

Walking across Greenup Edge.

Right, where do I fancy going now, Calf Crag to Helm Crag or Calf Crag to Steel Fell. It was difficult to figure out which would be the furthest but I reckoned the bit from Steel Fell to Grasmere would tip the scales and add a little distance so I went for that.

Crossing one of the small beck / tributaries of Wyth Burn.

Brownrigg Tarn.

Approaching Calf Crag. It was by no means a long or hard route, but it just doesn't feel like an obvious thing to do, so I wonder how many people make Calf Crag their first summit of the day on a walk from Stonethwaite.

Calf Crag summit.

Looking back across the fellside to Calf Crag.

Steelfell Tarn isn't the deepest of tarns as you can see here. After only a could of weeks without rain it starts to show signs of drying out, although I've never seen it completely empty.

A view down to Thirlmere taken just before the top of Steel Fell. In the far distance you can see the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra.

I knew the forecast had been for strong winds but I didn't expect it to be this bad. Blimey, this was not what you'd expect on a blue sky and sunshine day like this. I was had to kneel down when I took this picture. One reason was to hold the camera steady, another was to stop myself being blown over and the third (believe it or not) was to take my glasses off because I thought I was going to loose them otherwise.

Looking back up.

and now looking down the bottom of the ridge.

Close to the bottom of Steel Fell you get this view into the entrance for Greenburn.

The group of buildings you can see are the ambitiously named Town Head. The fell behind is Seat Sandal.

This is Seat Sandal again, only this time the picture is taken from the pavement next to the A591.

and here's the A591 with Helm Crag on the left of the picture and Steel Fell in the centre.

Helm Crag behind a nice meadow which was being blown about by a not quite gentle breeze. A photo wouldn't show it but the grass was twisting and turning into some lovely shapes and colours by the wind.

On the way through Grasmere I called in at the book shop to see what books were on the second hand shelf. I should point out it's the books that are second hand not the shelf, mind you, that could be second hand as well, but I didn't want to buy a shelf, , , anyway: to cut a long story short, I bought a book.


Easesale Road.

The route to Far Easedale.

Stythwaite Steps. With this amount of water in the beck there's no need for the stones or the bridge.

This is Far Easedale. A nice quiet place, although today, I saw more people here than the rest of the walk put together; except in Grasmere of course.

Looking ahead through the higher section of Far Easedale. I'm heading to the low point on the skyline which isn't actually the top of Greenup Edge. There's another short down then up again before you get to the top.


Looking down towards The Bog and Wyth Burn.

Cairn on a big rock and time for a, , , ,

Today, , , , ,
I have been mostly eating fruit cake to boost the energy reserves.

Almost back at Lining Crag now and this is the spot I'd arranged to meet back up with Neil between 4 & 5 o'clock. It was 3:50 when I got here, so that's not bad timing considering I'd done a totally different route to the one I set out to do.

Looking back up to Lining Crag. The route up and down goes around the left hand side of the crag.

Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag.
If I'd had ear plugs in I would say it was peaceful, quiet and tranquil walking across here, but I didn't so it wasn't. Someone on the camp site seemed to be under the impression that everyone in the area had the same taste in music as they did and that we all wanted to listen to it this afternoon. At least when it rains, most of the selfish idiots go somewhere else.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks