29th March 2013

Gibson Knott, Calf Crag and Steel Fell


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 14.00
Duration 5 hr 30 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Low Mill Bridge - Ghyll Foot - Bracken Hause - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Steel Fell Tarn - Steel Fell - Cotra Breast - Ghyll Foot - Low Mill Bridge - 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

Helm Crag, taken as we set off for a walk up into the snow but not onto the higher fells which are still very much in the grip of winter.

Peeping over the wall to take a picture of Seat Sandal.

Walking along the road to Ghyll Foot Farm. Up on the skyline is Steel Fell; that'll be our last fell on today's walk.

and here's Ghyll Foot Farm.

Almost at the end of the road and we pass by this cottage. I can't remember it's name.

"If we just kept on walking without turning off, where would it take us"
"Into Greenburn, but instead of walking into it, we'll be walking around the top of it"

We're on the zigzags now and I have to say, it doesn't half make walking up (or down) here a lot easier than it used to be. I remember walking down here years ago after a wet spell and I spent most of the descent on my backside.

Helm Crag from Bracken Hause.

and again from further along the ridge to Gibson Knott.

Patchy snow covers the lower ground and causes everything to blend together.

Gibson Knott summit.

A close up of Easedale Tarn.

A view back.

Looking back along the ridge to Gibson Knott and Helm Crag.
Distance wise it isn't really that far along this ridge but it always feels further than it is and it's generally very time consuming.

No need to bother about the boggy ground today.

Calf Crag summit.

A close up of Steel Fell and behind that is Dollywaggon Pike, St Sunday Crag, Seat Sandal and Fairfield.

What a difference a bit of sunshine makes. Not only to the views, but also to the temperature.


Passing by Steelfell Tarn; frozen and covered with snow.

This is the smaller of the two tarns.

A view back over the tarn towards Greenup Edge and Ullscarf.

It was fantastic walking along here today, hard going through the deeper areas of snow but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless.

Looking down to Thirlmere and across to the lots of fells.

Not far from Steel Fell summit now.

Steel Fell summit in front of Dollywaggon Pike and Nethermost Pike. In the distance is Blencathra. The metal post has been aligned with Blencathra's summit.

Another picture from the summit, this time looking a little further to the right.

Snowy eastern fells seen from Steel Fell's summit.

A close up of Skiddaw Little Man, Skiddaw and Carl Side.

Time to head back down now.

One of the many snowdrifts left from last weekends snowstorms.


A close up of Town Head.

and not so close up.

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