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Helm Crag Circular Walk from Grasmere

By Dave Chick   

on April 28, 2018    5/5 (1)

Helm Crag Circular Walk from Grasmere

Further Details

Route Summary:

A walk around the ever popular fells of Far Easedale

This walk includes the 3 Wainwrights of Calf Crag, Gibson Knott, Helm Crag

Route Start Location: Gramere

11.96 km 552 m 5 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


Lots of facilities in Grasmere, read our full guide to walks from Grasmere for more information


some scrambling if you want to get to the proper summit of Helm Crag

Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking :

Parking available in and around Grasmere

Public Transport:

There’s a frequent bus service – 555 – between  Kendal – Keswick that passes through Ambleside and Grasmere.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Helm Crag Circular Walk from Grasmere Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Helm Crag Circular Walk from Grasmere

This is a longer version of the direct route up Helm Crag from Grasmere, taking in the extra Wainwright summits of Gibson Knott and Calf Crag in a satisfying circular walk around Far Easedale. Helm Crag is highly visible from Grasmere and as a result is a popular Wainwright.

The summit is unmistakable, with the crag known variously as the Lion and the Lamb, “The old lady playing the organ” and the Howitzer – with the profile depending on which direction the summit is viewed. The actual summit requires a couple of technical moves in order for you to have ascended to the summit proper.

This route continues to Gibson Knott and Calf Crag before descending Far Easedale but would equally make an approach to the hills of High Raise and descending to Grasmere via the Blea Rigg ridge or the Easedale Tarn path.

Helm Crag Circular Walk from Grasmere Route


Click here to view the full description. Images and GPX files used with permission of the route author.

Dave is our Lake District local expert, often found in the depths of Cumbria he's the author of his own part on the web, All the Gear but no Idea.
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