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A Wainwright Walk with Julia Bradbury: Helm Crag

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A Wainwright Walk
Photo credit: Jonny Gios
A Wainwright Walk
Photo credit: Jonny Gios

A Wainwright Walk with Julia Bradbury: Helm Crag

Alfred Wainwright is a name synonymous with the Lake District thanks to his pictorial guides of the Lakeland Fells. This walk takes in one of his beloved fells – Helm Crag.

Our walk begins at the heart of Grasmere village, and through the National Trust estate at Allan Bank.

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We follow Easedale Road into the woodland at the foot of Helm Crag. A rocky stairway heads up past Lancrigg Crag, Jackdaw Crag and White Crag. You get great views across Easedale Beck to Easedale Tarn and the waterfall of Sour Milk Gill.

Hairpin right and onto the ridge, then venture across the boulder ridge to reach the canon shaped barrel of rock, ‘The Howitzer’, the mountains true top.

Our walk finishes on the summit. From here you will either need to retrace your steps of consult your map for how to get to your next destination.

Alfred Wainwright’s verdict:
The virtues of Helm Crag have not been lauded enough. It gives an exhilarating little climb, a brief essay in real mountaineering.

Carpark: Carpark, 1 Stock Lane, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9SJ

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Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".