helm crag

Walk: Helm Crag (the Mighty Lion & Lamb).

For: Adults and children over the age of 12 yrs who are able to walk for up to 6 hours.

Duration: Up to 6 hours.

Distance / Ascent: 6 miles/10 km, 1880 ft/573 m.

Grading: Easy/Moderate (due to small amount of rocks that may need some limited scrambling).

Description: This is a beautiful walk commencing in the village of Grasmere.  We will meet by the Red Bank Road Car Park, early enough to beat the Bank Holiday crowds.  

We will take a slow pace upto Helm Crag so that we get our pace together and have a chance to meet each other.   We will walk via Lancrigg Woods which was a favourite place of both Dorothy and William Wordsworth.  We will then take a short but steep kick up Helm Crag which is certainly sure to get the lungs and legs working.  On route we will get views over towards Easedale tarn and over also to the mighty Langdale range. 

Upon reaching the summit of Helm Crag, we can take in the Fairfield range and some wonderful panoramic views.   We will enjoy a well-deserved break and find a great spot to enjoy the views of the ‘Howitzer’ as it is often called which is the  20 ft rock formation on the summit often seen from the main A591.   

We will then follow a small path over to our 2nd Wainwright, Gibson Knott.   We weave over some small rock formations but generally on a good path. If wet, it can be slippy so ensure good footwear. 

We will keep our panoramic views until we reach the small grassy path that will lead us down into the valley of Greenburn Bottom where we will weave and walk our way back into Grasmere.  On route we will see several small waterfalls if the rain has been plentiful.   We arrive back at Grasmere via Allen Bank for a traditional debrief over a nice cool drink.

Meeting Place: Red Bank Road Car Park, Red Bank Road, Grasmere, LA22 9PU. Arrive early to get a place. See Start Locations.


Other transport options: The 555 or 599 bus from Kendal calls in at Grasmere (£2.00 single) or you can car share.

Meeting Time: Sunday / 8:30am.

Leader / Organisation: Nicola Byrne of GingerRoutes https://www.gingerroutes.co.uk/about

Equipment: You will require waterproof clothing, sturdy walking boots, warm clothing, and a ruck sack to carry your warm drink, water and lunch and snacks.  Also consider a pair of binoculars if you want to get up close to any of the stunning vistas.   If unsure about what your clothing and kit, then please read this link to provide a full and comprehensive guide so that you are fully prepared. https://www.adventuresmart.uk/hill-walking-kit-list/

Dogs: All dogs welcome however they must be always under your control. Your 'doggie best friends' must be within your sight at all times, respond to recall, and not be a sheep chaser as it will be lambing season in May. 

All dogs must also be friendly and respond well to other dogs around them if there are several on the walk.

Max No People: 12


Adult: £5.00

Child (under 16): £2.50

Concession: £4.00