Helm Crag

Length 11 Kilometres | Highest point 537 metres

Helm Crag 405m, 1328ft, GR 327093
Gibson Knott 420m, 1377ft, GR 319099
Calf Crag 537m, 1761ft, GR 301104


These three summits are all tops on the curving ridge behind Grasmere between Far Easedale Gill and Green Burn. They are best traversed as a ridge walk starting and finishing in Grasmere. For travellers on the A591, Helm Crag is most famous for its distinctive summit rocks, known variously as the Lady and the Piano, or the Lion and the Lamb depending on the profile. The ascent of Helm Crag alone makes an interesting short walk. The fuller traverse provides an interesting ridge walk, full of rocky outcrops, crossing undulating ground with good views.

Helm Crag from Loughrigg Terrace
Helm Crag from Loughrigg Terrace

From the centre of Grasmere, take the Easedale road over Goody Bridge to Easedale House. Turn right up a short track to a gate. Go through the gate left to a finger post and follow the obvious track climbing steeply up the fellside. This path has been repaired in places to combat serious erosion on the steeper sections. Continue upwards to the summit ridge adorned at either end of an impressive rocky chasm by towering blocks of stone (2.5km, 340m, 1hr 15min). Take particular care if scrambling on the summit rocks in wet weather.

Helm Crag summit
Helm Crag summit

To traverse the ridge, walk north-west along the undulating ridge over Gibson Knott. A less distinct path leads in a further 2km to the outcrop of Calf Crag. Continue west to a boundary fence and turn left to reach the main path which descends Far Easedale Gill and joins the approach route shortly before Grasmere village (11km, 4hr).

Helm Crag summit above the clouds
Helm Crag summit above the clouds

Westwards from Calf Crag
Westwards from Calf Crag