Description: Helm Crag is an instantly recognisable fell in its prominent position overlooking Grasmere. This walk will take in this well known fell as well as two other Wainwrights that make up the northern side of Easedale Valley.
Route: From the starting point our route takes us out of Grasmere to the foot of Helm Crag (355m) where we begin our steep, although thankfully short, ascent. From the summit we carry on north west along the ridge to Gibson Knott (375m) and then finally to Calf Crag (537m). We then begin the descent back to Grasmere via Far Easedale Gill, following the route of the Coat to Coast.
Grade: Strenuous (although to experienced walkers this will definitely seem more of a moderate walk)
High Point: Calf Crag summit (537m)
Height Gain: Approx. 560m (1835ft)
Distance: Approx 7.8 miles (12.5km)
Meet Time: 9.15am
Start Time: 9.30am
Time: Approx 5-6 hours
Start Finish: The village car park on Stock Lane in Grasmere (grid reference NY339 072, postcode LA22 9SJ).
Car Parking: There is a variety of parking in and around Grasmere. There are various pay and display car parks in the village as well as some free roadside parking on the A591 south of the Travellers Rest Inn.
Buses: Public transport is available from Keswick and Ambleside and also from Lancaster and Kendal to Ambleside. Both directions use the Stagecoach 555.
Please Note: By mid-November the number of hours of daylight with be reduced with sunset being around 4pm. Although I plan for us to be back in daylight please bring with you a good torch along with spare batteries, warm clothes and food. As we’ll be well into autumn, an orange ‘bivvy bag’ or similar should be in your rucksack just in case (they only cost a few quid and take up minimal space, but can provide essential shelter if necessary).
Please let Tom know by 6.00pm on Saturday the 19th if you are coming on this walk – text 07760 660113. I will be in an area with no mobile signal Saturday night so there is no guarantee I will get any late messages.
If the conditions are bad I reserve the right to modify the route or cancel the walk.