GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Helm Crag Circular Walk

4 miles (6 km)

Enjoy a circular walk to the summit of this distinctive fell in the Lake District. Alfred Wainwright said of Helm Crag: 'The virtues of Helm Crag have not been lauded enough. It gives an exhilarating little climb, a brief essay in real mountaineering, and, in a region where all is beautiful, it makes a notable contribution to the natural charms and attractions of Grasmere'. The route runs for a distance of about 4 miles along a series of public footpaths.
The ascent of Helm Crag is popular with walkers as it begins from the lovely town of Grasmere and is an easy/moderate climb.
The walk begins at the centre of Grasmere and follows the Easedale Road to Lancrigg, passing Easedale Beck on the way. You then follow footpaths to the summit of Helm Crag, passing White Crag on the way. The summit has wonderful views over Grasmere and towards the Helvellyn range. You will also see two rocky outcrops known as The Lamb & Lion and the striking 'Howitzer' which is the high point on Helm Crag. From the summit you soon reach Helmside where you descend back to Grasmere on country lanes.

Helm Crag OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Helm Crag Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Back in Grasmere head to Tweedies for some well earned refreshments. This nice pub has a very large beer garden with plenty of tables. It's a lovely place to sit out and relax in after a long walk. You can find it in the village, near the lake, at a postcode of LA22 9SW for your sat navs.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head about a mile west of the crag and you'll come to Easedale Tarn. There's a lovely walk up to the tarn along Easedale Beck which you can pick up to the south of the crag. On the way you'll pass a series of picturesque waterfalls before coming to the tranquil tarn.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Helm Crag - - 875575

Helm Crag. Looking over Bracken Hause

The top of Helm Crag - - 1758488

The top of the crag, the iconic hill which towers over Grasmere. Here you can see over Grasmere to Loughrigg.

Helm Crag Summit - - 447286

The jagged summit rocks of this popular fell.

Summit of Helm Crag - - 614574

View of the northern summit of Helm Crag with Dunmail Raise behind and Helvellyn to the right.

Stepping stones over Easedale Beck - - 766045

Stepping stones over Easedale Beck. You'll pass along this pretty beck in the early stages of the walk

Easedale Beck near Lancrigg - - 500817

Easedale Beck near Lancrigg

Elevation Profile


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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