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Standing proud above the famously picturesque pastures of Grasmere, walking routes to Helm Crag are splendidly accessible, boasting famous rock formations and superb views. It is one of the most recognisable and iconic peaks in the Lake District.
The summit is adorned by a rocky crown which, along with a rock formation on the southern end of the ridge, has earned Helm Crag various monikers over the years. Most famous of these names is ‘the Lion and the Lamb’ due to its appearance from the east. However, the formation closer to Grasmere also assumes a similar visage when seen from the village and has earned the same nickname. ‘The Howitzer’ and ‘the Old Lady Playing the Organ’ are other titles bestowed upon the summit rocks.
Gorgeous views from the famous rock formations
Hikes to Helm Crag’s summit earn gorgeous views, which are particularly fine over to the rock fortresses of the Langdales and, in the opposite direction, to the high Fairfield and Helvellyn massifs. To the south, the village of Grasmere and its lake look positively idyllic from this lofty perch. From the summit you can continue along the same ridge to bag further Wainwrights in Gibson Knott and Calf Crag.
Due to the difficult scrambling needed to surmount the summit rocks, Helm Crag is famously the one fell which legendary guidebook writer Alfred Wainwright did not actually get to the very top of. Most people will be content to claim the summit ridge as the top. So, despite the famously tricky apex, hiking to Helm Crag is actually straightforward on mostly grassy slopes: a perfect afternoon outing with the family at any time of year. Just make sure you keep your dog on the lead around the herdwick sheep.
Rising gently over picturesque Grasmere, Helm Crag initially appears dumpy and unremarkable – and then you spot its knobbly, gnarled summit. Beyond the rocky excrescence of The Lion and The Lamb lies The Howitzer, a fear-inducing slab of angled rock for brave scramblers only. It’s the Wainwright summit even Alfred wimped out of.
December 13, 2019
The rig-walk finally ends with a climb to Helmet Crag. You can enjoy 360 ° views of Grasmere and the Easedale Valley!
The ridge walk ends with a climb to the Helm Crag. Here you can enjoy 360 ° views of Grasmere and the neighboring valleys!
May 24, 2016
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