Steel Fell to Helm Crag

Name of walk Steel Fell to Helm Crag
Date of walk 2011-05-09
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 4 hours 20 minutes
Weather overcast
Peaks on walk Steel Fell, Calf Crag. Gibson Knott, Helm Crag
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Lay-by outside Grasmere

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 7.5 miles. I parked in a lay-by on the A591 and was ready to walk by 9.10am. The forecast was for gale force winds and rain by lunch time so we set off in waterproofs. I chose this walk as we should have it completed before the rain comes, and it is low enough not to be too windy.

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View to Steel Fell from near the start of the walk. Black clouds looking ominous. Kas sees his job as peeing over something every 10m!

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Our final fell, Helm Crag.

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Some of the cottages have some beautiful Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

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Heading up the lane.

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The cottage seen at a distance in the previous photo.

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The start of the Steel Fell ridge. What we see is not the summit, just the first of three outcrops we need to walk over. The Greenburn Valley is on the left

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Looking back to Grasmere and Helm Crag from the top of the first outcrop.

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Looking towards the head of the valley with Ullscarf behind.

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Steel Fell summit cairn.

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View down Thirlmere towards Blencathra.

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Looking back into the Greenburn Valley. Helm Crag and Gibson Knott on the right.

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One of the Steel Fell Tarns.

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Looking back along the Steel Fell ridge from Calf Crag summit. The Helvellyn range in the distance.

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

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Gibson Knott summit cairn.

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Looking back up Far Easedale to High Raise.

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Heading for Helm Crag.

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People have beaten us to the summit!

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Close up of Grasmere.

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Full view.

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Easedale Tarn in the dip.

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We sat and had lunch looking back down Far Easedale and our route around.

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Still in waterproofs, but as yet no rain.

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Kas with Dunmail Raise behind him.

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Looking over at our route up Steel Fell and at our route down to the valley floor to the bridge over Green Burn.....steep!

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......and down on my car in the lay-by on the right (between two white camping vans). Fairfield and Great Rigg at the back. The slopes of Seat Sandal on the left.

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And now the tightly choreographed and uniformed Andrews Sisters singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy".....(Yeah, I know there were only three of them, but it was what sprang to mind!)

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Bridge over Green Burn and a flowering Hawthorne. Note the skulls on the right of the bridge! Is it an Indiana Jones-like trap? Or the mortal remains of the Billy Goats Gruff? Nah! So off we go over the rickerty rackerty bridge.

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Actually we better check it out from below just in case! Not a troll in sight!

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Another one of the cottage gardens.

The walk took us four hours and twenty minutes…..and no rain! We stopped off at Hayes Garden Centre in Ambleside and it poured down then, and on the way home in the car. A good little walk, very easy once you get on the ridge!
Jo.
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