Helm Crag

Helm Crag Summit
Helm Crag Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Helm Crag, Lake District

A Few Facts About Helm Crag

Location -
Helm Crag is a fell in the Central Fells of the Lake District situated to the north of Grasmere. Despite its low height it sits prominently at the end of a ridge easily seen from the village. This combined with the distinctive summit rocks which provide the alternative name 'The Lion and the Lamb' make it one of the most recognised hills in the District.

Summit And View -
The summit is unusual having two short parallel ridges running north west to south east with a hollow in between the western ridge being the higher. Some distance below the eastern ridge the scene is repeated as still keeping parallel a third ridge ditch and parapet are crossed before the crags are reached. The whole complex initially appears man-made but is entirely natural. The summit commands views of the Langdale Pikes, the Coniston Fells and the Eastern Fells.

The Lion and the Lamb -
At either end of the highest ridge are the rock outcrops that ensure Helm Crag's fame. Only one can be seen from any point in the surrounding valleys and they have a variety of names depending upon the profile seen from the particular vantage point. The northwestern outcrop is the true summit of the fell a tricky little scramble being needed to stand on the top. It is variously called "The Old Lady Playing The Organ" when seen from Mill Gill, "The Howitzer" from the summit of Dunmail Raise and "The Lion And The Lamb" or "The Lion Couchant" from a point in between. The southern outcrop is prominent from Grasmere and this is the traditional "Lion And The Lamb".
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
400-499 Metre Hill, Birkett, Central Fell, Fellranger, Synge, Trail 100, Tump, Wainwright

Hill / Mountain Details