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Climbing Helm Crag

April 10, 2014

Helm Crag 022Helm Crag 028I first climbed Helm Crag, that lovely little fell above Grasmere, in the June of 1997. I have been up there several times since. Helm Crag belies its modest size because of its grand amount of rocks and its splendid position as a viewpoint. If you just go up Helm Crag, there is plenty of time for a browse in Sam Reads’ bookshop in the village afterwards. Helm Crag has never lost its allure for me. A little giant!Helm Crag 024

After a night of showers tuesday Helm Crag 025turned into a clear sunny day, as we set out from Grasmere, though it remained blowy. Such lovely views over the central fells on the way – a stream of white water coming down Sour Milk Ghyll and some snow still clinging to the heights up to Helvellyn.

Afterwards we wandered through theHelm Crag 026grounds of Lancrigg Hotel, past the place where William and Dorothy Wordsworth used to sit. The Vegetarian hotel does teas and snack if you need refreshment.Helm Crag 027

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  1. April 11, 2014 12:59 am

    I was up there in the most dreish weather imaginable last year – I did the round to Steel Fell – great walk but could have done with getting back a bit drier! Have you ever climbed up the ‘Howitzer’ on the summit (not the one in your photo – I’ve done that one)? It looks really difficult and I can’t imagine it’s anything other than greasy and damp.
    Carol.

  2. April 11, 2014 4:53 pm

    Yes, I’ve climbed the Howitzer a couple of times. The obvious route is at the Grasmere end, though I find it easier at the Steel Fell end. The picture above is the Lion and Lamb – well one of them!

  3. April 17, 2014 5:25 pm

    Beautiful landscape!

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