This relatively short and steep, exhilarating, walk is perfect for a fine summer evening walk of a few hours. Or one of those less than perfect days when you need to 'blow the cobwebs away' ...
The rocks of the summit area have various names: the southeast pinnacles as seen from Grasmere are "The Lion and Lamb". At the other end of the ridge is "The Howitzer" or "The Old Lady Playing the Organ" and is regarded as the true summit.
Walk height profile
note that gradients are usually grossly exaggerated
Opposite the Cunningham's Outdoor shop is Easedale Road, on the wall beside the turning is a large slate sign painted "Easedale Tarn" and an arrow. Follow this minor road past the Youth Hostel, houses and holiday cottages, and Goody Bridge over Easedale Beck. Continue as the road sweeps right, then left and across the pasture to the small hamlet at the foot of Helm Crag.
Between buildings, turn right into the rough lane signposted "Public Bridleway Far Easedale Helm Crag Footpath".
At the top of the lane go through the gate and turn left. In 50m (55 yards) turn right onto the track signposted "Helm Crag". Go through another gateway and bear first right, then left up on the zigzag path. Join the path alongside the wall which ascends a flight of engineered steps. The NT are working on this section to improve drainage and make it more walker friendly.
At the top of the steps it takes a long zigzag, and has a new section of path. Climb to the col and at the cairn turn left.
The path now gets a little scrambly at times, if it's wet and greasy try the bypasses over to the left. Continue to the summit area which is a rather shattered affair with large blocks strewn around.
Return by the route of ascent.
If you like this walk then why not try one of our other nearby walks:
|Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag||60m (66 yards) away|
|A circuit of Grasmere||64m (70 yards) away|
|Alcock Tarn||64m (70 yards) away|
|Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar||64m (70 yards) away|
|Easedale Tarn||155m (171 yards) away|
|Grasmere and Rydal Water||161m (177 yards) away|
|Silver How||205m (226 yards) away|
|Easedale Tarn, Codale Tarn, and Tarn Crag||257m (283 yards) away|
|Allan Bank Woodland Walk||472m (519 yards) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from White Moss||1.5km (0.9 miles) away|
|Red Bank from White Moss near Ambleside||1.6km (1.0 miles) away|
|Seat Sandal||1.7km (1.1 miles) away|
|An Elterwater Stroll||2.9km (1.8 miles) away|
|Waterfalls and the Cathedral Cavern, from Elterwater||2.9km (1.8 miles) away|
|Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn||3.0km (1.9 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Rydal||3.1km (1.9 miles) away|
|Grisedale Tarn||4.3km (2.6 miles) away|
|A Journey from Dungeon Ghyll over the Fells to Ambleside||4.4km (2.8 miles) away|
|Cumbria Way - Dungeon Ghyll to Keswick||4.4km (2.8 miles) away|
|High Raise, Sergeant Man, and Blea Rigg from Langdale||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|The Langdale Pikes: Pavey Ark, Thunacar Knott, Pike of Stickle, Harrison Stickle||4.5km (2.8 miles) away|
|The Fairfield Horseshoe||4.7km (2.9 miles) away|
|An Ambleside Waterfalls Wander - Stockghyll Force and Blue Hill Wood||4.8km (3.0 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Tarn||4.9km (3.0 miles) away|
|Loughrigg Fell from Ambleside||4.9km (3.0 miles) away|
|Wansfell, and Wansfell Pike||4.9km (3.0 miles) away|
|High Sweden Bridge Circular||4.9km (3.0 miles) away|
|Stockghyll Force - Ambleside||4.9km (3.0 miles) away|
|Red Screes and Middle Dodd from Ambleside||4.9km (3.0 miles) away|
|Wansfell Pike, Troutbeck, and Skelghyll Wood||4.9km (3.1 miles) away|
|Lily Tarn above Ambleside||4.9km (3.1 miles) away|
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