1st January 2013

Helm Crag and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 12.45
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 5.9 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Butharlyp Howe - 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
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

Welcome to 2013
And where should we walk on the first day of the year? Why not Helm Crag.
This picture was taken as we took the path through Butharlyp How (Butterlip).

Looking across to Seat Sandal (left), Fairfield (under cloud) and Stone Arthur (behind the tree).

I'm never sure what to think about this house. It never looks lived in and it seems as though it's just been plonked here because there was nowhere else for it.

A long distance view across to Grasmere and Loughrigg Fell.

On the opposite side of the valley are Blea Rigg and Tarn Crag. The waterfall is Sour Milk Gill, found below Easedale Tarn.

A little bit further up the path and looking around to the right you see the length of Far Easedale.

The wind had picked up quite a lot by the time we'd reached this height. The cloud was really whizzing across the top of Seat Sandal and Fairfield over there.

Search light on Grasmere.

The Lion and the Lamb

I wonder what it used to look like up here before all this subsidence happened.

Jennifer adding scale to the Howitzer. The fell on the left is Steel Fell.

Sunshine on Steel Fell.
That's right I said sunshine, and no, I haven't been messing about with the photo, this is the genuine thing.

Crossing Green Burn. It's quite hard to see on a photo, but there was quite a lot of debris between the slats on the bridge. Obviously the water had been flowing over the bridge fairly recently.

This one was taken from the bridge itself.

Now for three pictures of Steel Fell. This one taken from the bottom of the fell (you probably worked that out for yourselves)

This one taken from the roadside near Ghyllfoot Farm

and this one was taken from Low Mill Bridge.

A little more sunshine and this time it's on Stone Arthur.


A sign of the times (pun intended).
It's bad enough that we're now being charged to go for a , , , but do we really need it translated into whatever language Moss Parrock comes from.
"It isn't meant to be a translation, that's probably what they call the place"
"Ah, right, so it's only the 1st of January and I've already learned something new this year"

David Hall -
Lake District Walks