The Lion and the Lamb above the Vale of Grasmere.

Start. Lay-by on A591.

Route. Lay-by on A591 - Grasmere - Easedale Road - White Crag - High Raven Crag - Helm Crag - Bracken Hause - Green Burn - Helmside - Ghyll Foot - Low Mill Bridge - A591.

Notes. Photographed and viewed by many whom screech to a halt on the edge of the A591 at Grasmere, The Lion and the Lamb is probably the best known and most easily recognised mountains in the whole of the English Lake District, but not many know our Norse forefathers christened this much loved hill Helm Crag, the name the OS use today. Time was of a premium but not knowing the next time I'd get chance to lace up my walking boots I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

It may have been a quick off the cuff decision, I may of graced this summit many times but I took the opportunity to walk on new ground, the walk was not without some planning. After parking on a lay-by just north of the mini-roundabout at Grasmere I crossed the road, a finger-post invited me to Grasmere via Millennium Bridge. I'd never walked this path before. With the first stretch of new ground under my boot soles I wandered down Easedale Road, the road terminated at a cluster of grey slate houses, a finger-post pointed to my intended destination. A stoney track guided me between dry stone walls depositing me at the foot of Helm Crag. The ascent started imediately, steep at first before a number of large zig zags eased the gradient, I was soon enjoying views from the rocky summit, drinking coffee and musing over my chosen descent route.

If time had allowed I'd have walked the ridge line from Gibson Knott to Calf Crag an excellent stretch of path, but it didn't, in the event I descended to Bracken Hause the coll between Helm Crag and Gibson Knott, turned right (east) before steppiing onto another path I'd never had the pleasure to walk. This was a classic, a wonderful snaking descent into Greenburn, easy on the joints and I had it to myself. After fording Green Burn I joined tarmac at Helmside, this grey ribbon lead to Low Mill Bridge where I joined field paths that deposited me at the Travellers Rest on the edge of the A591, all that remained a short walk accompanied by the song of traffic and splendid views back to the hill I'd just graced.

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Not very Lion or Lamb(ish), Helm Crag with it's most well known features under cloud.

Cloud paints the summit of Seat Sandal, seen over the shoulder of Stone Arthur.

The scene over the tree tops at the start of the climb, Grey against a grey sky, Loughrigg Fell.

One of Lakelands lesser heights, a classic kissed by cloud, Silver How.

A promise of better weather to come.

Above High Raven Crag with this wonderful view for company.

View taken across Far Easedale with Easedale Tarn looking rather somber under a dark blanket of cloud.

Dunmail Raise seen from the summit of Helm Crag.

The cliffs of Gibson Knott on view from Helm Crag.

Steel Fell rising from Greenburn Bottom..

On the lower slopes of Helm Crag looking to Stone Arthur and Heron Pike.

Laying under breaking cloud, Steel Fell.

From field paths opposite the Travelers Rest, Steel Fell.

What we missed earlier, the Lion and the Lamb on view from the Vale of Grasmere.

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