Greenburn Round: Steel Fell to Helm Crag

Name of walk Greenburn Round: Steel Fell to Helm Crag
Date of walk 2013-12-06
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 5 hours 20 minutes
Weather Cold and overcast
Peaks on walk Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott, Helm Crag
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking A591 lay-by

Today Ged, Kas and I drove to Grasmere to climb Steel Fell (1811ft), Calf Crag (1762ft), Gibson Knott (1379ft) and Helm Crag (1299ft). It is a circular walk that follows the ridges of the Greenburn Valley. About 8.1 miles. I parked in a lay-by on the A591. We made a later start than usual. I wanted to check the weather out in daylight before setting off. After yesterday’s 70mph winds today was quite reasonable. It was cold but the visibility was okay, but rain/sleet/snow was forecast for this afternoon. The cold was a bit of a shock for Ged who has just returned from a few weeks of sunshine in Thailand.

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View over to Steel Fell from the start of the lane leading from the A591.

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Kas leads the way.

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View back down with our final fell, Helm Crag on the right.

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Steel Fell summit. Note the frozen puddle in the foreground. It was cold!

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View down Thirlmere.

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It looks even colder on Blencathra.

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We head around the long loop towards Calf Crag. Thankfully the usually boggy ground was frozen.

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One of the small tarns.

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Looking down the Greenburn Valley. Steel Fell on the left. Helm Crag and Gibson Knott on the right.

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Ged on Calf Crag summit.

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From Calf Crag summit looking up to High Raise.

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A view down into Far Easedale. Gibson Knott and Helm Crag now on the left.

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There was a lot of ice on the paths, so our progress was slower than usual.

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As we head around to the Gibson Knott ridge we get a view back over to Steel Fell on the left.

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Some handy stepping stones.

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Icicles. As long as we kept moving we didn't feel the cold.

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Making for the ridge.

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Another view down into Far Easedale.

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View back up Far Easedale from the Gibson Knott ridge.

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Gibson Knott ahead.

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Kas on Gibson Knott summit.

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There had been small snow flurries for the last hour, now the low cloud was enveloping the hills around. Looking over Tarn Crag to Easedale Tarn.

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The route towards Helm Crag. This would be an ascent and then a descent back again to the col for the route back down into Greenburn.

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On Helm Crag looking back at the Howitzer. Our ridge route behind now in the clouds.

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The Lion and The Lamb on the left with Grasmere behind.

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Kas and me.

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Kas and me on The Howitzer. Far too wet and slippery to climb all the way up.

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Some of the ridge route. Steel Fell on the right. Gibson Knott on the left.

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Heading down the zig-zags into Greenburn. Our parking space in the lay-by can just be seen.

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Bridge over Green Burn.

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The barn at the end of the track marks the start of the ascent route up Steel Fell.

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The last few photos don't show it, but it was getting quite dark now as we neared 4pm. The cottage at the end of the lane.

The walk took us 5 hrs and 20 minutes, an hour longer than last time due to the ice on the paths. Still quite an easy walk to do.

Jo.

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