Steel Fell to Helm Crag

Name of walk Steel Fell to Helm Crag
Date of walk 2020-06-15

On Monday I did a socially distanced walk with Ged. We both took our own cars and drove to the lay-by on the A591, by Town Head, near Grasmere. We would be walking the Greenburn Round. This includes Steel Fell, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag. A walk of 7 miles.

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Heading for the hamlet of Town Head. Steel Fell on the right, Gibson Knott on the left.

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Looking good for being built in 1688. Helm Crag behind.

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The house's resident was purring and dribbling simultaneously. Helm Crag is the backdrop.

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The Greenburn valley with Steel Fell on the right.

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The wild foxgloves were looking gorgeous.

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Looking over to Helm Crag and our route back down the fellside.

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We continue up Steel Fell, this is not the summit, just the first crag.

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Ged looking across the Greenburn valley at our route back.

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Looking down into Greenburn with Calf Crag in the middle.

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Approaching the final crag. It is very hot this morning.

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View back down.

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Steel Fell summit. Also called Dead Pike. Thirlmere behind me. Helvellyn on the right.

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A closer view of Thirlmere. It is looking very hazy, plus lots of black cloud. Rain is due this afternoon.

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We head around the end of the valley then follow the fence posts to Calf Crag, just left of middle. High Raise in the distance.

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We head for the tarns. Ullscarf on the right.

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The first of the tarns.

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Lots of Darter Dragonflies and Damselflies. Too quick to photograph.

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The second tarn.

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View back to the tarns and Steel Fell as we head for Calf Crag. Behind is Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, St. Sunday Crag and Fairfield.

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Calf Crag summit.

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Lunch view down Far Easedale.

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Deer Bields Crag on Tarn Crag.

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We head off aiming for the ridge route on the left.

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View back to Calf Crag.

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Getting nearer the ridge that includes Gibson Knott and Helm Crag.

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View down Far Easedale to Grasmere.

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Undulating and lumpy!

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Now on a good path.

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Still undulating!

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View back.

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Looking over to Easedale Tarn with Blea Rigg behind.

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Gibson Knott summit.

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Looking back over to Steel Fell.

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The route ahead towards Helm Crag.

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Still undulating!

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The bracken is shooting up.

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Grasmere and Loughrigg Fell are more visible now.

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We will nip up to Helm Crag, then return back down to the dip and our route down into Greenburn.

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The 'Lion & Lamb' on Helm Crag summit, looking over to Grasmere and Loughrigg Fell.

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Helm Crag summit. Dunmail Raise on the right.

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View back to Gibson Knott on the left and Steel Fell on the right.

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Looking down on Town Head and our cars in the lay-by. On the left is Seat Sandal, then Fairfield and Great Rigg.

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We head back down to the dip, then the rain starts, so it is on with the waterproofs. We follow the zig zag track down through the bracken.

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We are now in the Greenburn valley. There is thunder coming from two directions, thankfully the shower has gone over.

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We cross Green Burn.

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Walking below the side of Steel Fell on the left.

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Passing below the foxgloves I photographed this morning.

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Town Head chickens.

An easy walk for route finding, but a bit hot today! I never used my GPS so my rough estimate of time taken was under six hours.

Jo.

 

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