The Eastern Fells

St Sunday Crag Summit
St Sunday Crag Summit
Clough Head Summit With Blencathra In The Distance
Clough Head Summit With Blencathra In The Distance
The Eastern Fells occupy the region between the A591 Keswick to Ambleside road and the lake of Ullswater to the west. The Helvellyn range forms the main spine of the group running on a north south axis and remaining above 2,000 feet throughout its length. To the south of the Helvellyn range across the depression of Grisedale Hause is the Fairfield group of fells.

There are also a number of subsidiary ridges and outliers particularly to the east of the main range. The eastern fells constitute the largest if not necessarily the wildest area of high ground within the district its long sweeping ridges the perfect environment for long distance walking.

The highest point of the Eastern Fells is Helvellyn at 950 metres (3,117 feet). It is the third highest peak in both the Lake District and England. Helvellyn has two sharp arêtes which lead off from the summit. These are Striding Edge and Swirral Edge and are located on either side of Red Tarn.

Walks In The Eastern Fells