Helm Crag – a walk on our doorstep
10 July 2011 / History / Walks / Grasmere
One of the very popular walks that you can do right form our doorstep is the small but prominent peak of Helm Crag, also fondly known as ‘The Lion and The Lamb’. Helm Crag is one of the peaks listed in Wainwright’s Central Fells guide book published in 1958. Wainwright states that Helm Crag’s height is 1,299ft but the more modern OS 1:25,000 map now puts it at 405m (1,328ft).
Wainwright also states that Helm Crag ‘may well be the best known of all Lakeland fells’ and describes it as ‘an exhilarating little climb’, ‘if it has a fault it is that it is too short’.
We’re very proud of the fact that Thorney How is of course listed in Wainwrights guide and the hostel features on his drawn maps as a Youth Hostel. Thorney How (the rock feature) is part of the SE line of crags that trail down towards Grasmere as an extension to the ridge from Gibson Knott. Gibson Knott itself is also well worth the extra 1 mile extension to the walk.
I have been climbing Helm Crag since I can remember and I was very probably carried up it by my parents before that!
For more walk details see: http://www.leaney.org/lake_district_fells.php?fell_id=helm_crag