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“Breathtakingly beautiful in the snow ⛄️ ”
Review of Helm Crag

Helm Crag
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Grasmere
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

A beautiful walk in any weather but even more so in the winter wonderland of white over peaks and valleys. Quite a steep initial climb then fairly easy going to the top with many stops to catch the amazing views. We came back down the same way as the weather was coming in but would have loved to have gone on to Gibson’s Knott and down into the next valley. Would recommend and would do it again!

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Roma225
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Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

We decided to have a short walk today and climb Helm Crag. We parked in one of the main car parks in Grasmere (£5.40 for 4 hours) and headed for the gingerbread shop! Our map was very old and didn’t show the Marked paths in the area very well and Helm Crag didn’t appear to be sign posted from the village very well so fortified with gingerbread, we headed off up Easedale Road. In rural areas you quite often encounter an honesty box and fresh eggs placed outside a house or farm. Not so in Easedale Road, Flapjack! Having topped up with homemade flapjack we continued on. The trail to Easedale Tarn is sign posted on the left over the stream. Passing the sign for the over flow car park by the side of the road in the trees (I’m not sure where it overflowed from but it appeared to be free) we found the first sign posted trail to Helm Crag that takes you through the grounds of Lancrigg hotel and poets cafe (note to self, the hotel is in a lovely setting and looks very welcoming and comfortable. Must return here one day). Promising ourselves a coffee and cake on our return we began the climb. It took us 45 minutes at a slow plod with photo stops to reach the top. The views over Grasmere and surrounding area were lovely but I think the person who claimed that Helm Crag resembled the lion and the lamb had a vivid imagination. Either that or erosion has taken its toll over the years. We returned to Grasmere via the same route, stopping for our coffee and cake on the way.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

Helm Crag is a lovely walk out from Grasmere that is compact enough for a 6 year old to take on, but exhilarating enough to excite the adults too. An adult could whizz up and down in an hour or so, but you can take MUCH longer exploring the rocks around the summit (great fun for kids) and stopping for a picnic at the top - the views are FANTASTIC. You can extend the walk onward on the the next summit along the ridge, head back down the way you came or head down the South Western flank of the saddle between Helm Crag and Gibson Knott to walk back along Easedale Gill (note - the walk down is steep). The summit is a rocky scramble that is genuinely a little tough, and requires scrambling but can be done fairly easy by a competent scrambler.

if you have some people who are new to walking and want to take them somewhere exciting, but not terrifying with incredible views and an easy(ish) ascent - Helm Crag is a great choice.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Koch556
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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

So I won’t lie I’m quite overweight and was dreading this only because of the unknown. I stuck it out and really it wasn’t too hard. Once at the top I completely forgot about all the doubts and moments of being very breathless and weary x I enjoyed it so much I planned immediately to come back with a friend next week and I’m just praying for the good weather to stay around. We parked on the spaces on the side of the rd rather than at any pubs or car parks so can’t advise. This was about 1.5 maybe 2 miles to the foot of it but yet again a walk well worth it passed some beautiful holiday homes a river a little forest lovely looking pub/ cafe muddy boots and dog friendly. Just a really lovely day x look at the lion and the lamb of googling. Plenty of other ascents up there too that looked great x

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank Trip756559
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Reviewed June 4, 2018 via mobile

A nice easy walk from Grasmere, take the road which goes uphill behind the bus stop and telephone box which are across from the co-op, from there it is very well marked with signs through the forest. Definitely worth the walk.

Date of experience: June 2018
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