Helm Crag

The Lion and the Lamb. The Lake District

Helm Crag. The Lake District

Helm Crag is a fell near Grasmere with great views over Grasmere, Easedale Tarn, the tops of the Langdale Pikes and the surrounding fells. At the top of the 405m climb is a rock formation that is locally known as the Lion and the Lamb. The big rock looks vaguely like a lion and small one looks vaguely like a lamb, up close they look like rocks but they’re still pretty impressive up close and you get to walk up the Lions back.

Another rock formation at the top is called the Howitzer becuase it looks a bit like a canon? I have a pretty good imagination but again all I see is a rock.

I usually start in Grasmere village and then zigzag my way up to the top, it’s a fairly gradual climb with plenty of opportunities to take in the view on the way up.

OS Map

South East
OS Grid Ref: NY 32651 09349
Latitude: 54° 28′ 30″ N
Longitude: 3° 2′ 26″ W


From the top, you can look down onto Grasmere village with the Fairfield horse to the left. On the right-hand side, you will see a tarn, this is Easedale tarn and poking out above the surrounding fells is the Langdale Pikes.

Places close by

Places close by: Easedale Tarn

Nearest town/village: Grasmere

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