Grasmere and Helm Crag
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The walk begins by the Gingerbread Shop, which is close to the north entrance of the church. A riverside path is followed to a quiet lane leading round the back of Helm Crag. The Greenburn Valley is entered and a footbridge leads to the open fellside.
A steep but short ascent over grass takes us to the ridge below Helm Crag, with views down Far Easedale. A short, rocky section leads to the summit ridge of Helm Crag.
At the north end of the ridge is The Howitzer, an outcrop which is the highest point of the fell and one which Wainwright failed to conquer. Younger men than me go straight up, but the easier way is to start on the rocks at the left and go up and move right several times. It is still not easy for most people and there is a drop on the far side.
At the south end of the ridge are the two rocks forming the Lion and the Lamb, looking quite realistic even close up. The Lion is not too difficult to climb, but it is not the highest point on Helm Crag.
The descent is along the ridge until a grassy area is reached. Here there is a sharp turn right onto a cairned path and then a path of pitched stones. This leads down to an old quarry and the path from Easedale at the point where it is surfaced. This takes you directly back to the village.
England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East
Church, Flowers, Great Views, Lake/Loch, National Trust, Pub, River, Toilets, Wildlife
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