The Helm Crag Ridge return down Far Easedale.

Start. Grasmere.

Route. Grasmere - Easedale Road - Helm Crag - Gibson Knott - Calf Crag - Brownrigg Moss - Moor Moss - Far Easedale - Easedale Road - Grasmere.

Notes. After reading the fell forecast the words white and out seemed to jump out of the page, not that long ago I'd experienced such conditions, it's scary, I didn't fancy another memorable walk for all the wrong reasons, to play it safe I made an early start, hopefully I'd be on low ground when the said conditions arrived.

I left Grasmere wandering over the tarmac of Easedale Road, after 3/4 of a mile a finger-post invited me to Helm Crag, I was soon climbing it's steep Easedale face, winding my way ever higher on a well trod path to the most easily recognized summit in the Lake District. Leaving the summit I descended to Bracken Hause before the start of a long ridge walk, ascending Gibson Knott I then traversed Horn Crag, Moment Crag, Pike of Carrs to reach the summit of Calf Crag. From the summit I made the short walk to the head of Far Easedale.

With a dark ominous cloud sweeping over the high fells it was time to descend, the path followed the waters of Far Easedale Gill, passing some quite spectacular waterfalls en route to the footbridge at Stythwaite Steps, onwards towards Grasmere, I was soon walking between dry stone walls before stepping onto the tarmac of Easedale Road for the second time.

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Looking to Heron Pike from Easedale Road.

Allen Bank in the shadow of Silver How.

Sourmilk Gill lies over Easedale, seen from the Banks of Easedale Beck.

Ascending Helm Crag in eerie light, looking to Loughrigg Fell.

Loughrigg Fell above Grasmere.

Silver How seen over Easedale.

Wonderful views over the Vale of Grasmere on a bitterly cold morning.

A few paces from the main path the views are just stunning, Loughrigg Fell above Grasmere, the slopes of Nab Scar and Heron Pike to the left with the dark ridge of Wansfell Pike in the distance.

The unmistakable summit of Helm Crag, out of 214 Wainwright's this is the only summit the man himself never reached.

Helm Crag as seen from Bracken Hause.

Under snow Fairfield seen over the lower slopes of Seat Sandal.

A wonderful view to Loughrigg Fell as sunlight reflects of the frozen surface of Grasmere.

Ascend even higher and the Coniston massif tilts into view.

The changeable moods of the Lake District mountains clearly seen over Greenburn, Ullscarf floats above a blanket of cloud spilling out of the Wythburn valley.

From the summit of Gibson Knott views to Helm Crag taking in Heron Pike and Loughrigg Fell.

I'm now on the summit of Calf Crag looking along the ridge to Helm Crag, across the skyline, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

A magical view across the desolation above Greenburn, let the undulating ridges carry your eye across the Helvellyn massif.

Frozen waterfall in Far Easedale.

Ice crystals cling to the branch of an overhanging tree.

Helm Crag and Bracken Hause seen from the reassuring path through Far Easedale.

Sourmilk Gill plunges to the valley floor, above that the Easedale Tarn Path in the shadow of Brinhowe Crag.

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