Helm Crag is a fell in the Lake District situated in the Central
Fells to the north of Grasmere.
Despite its low height it sits
prominently at the end of a ridge and is easily seen from the village.
This, combined with the distinctive summit rocks which provide the
alternative name 'The Lion and the Lamb', makes it one of the most
recognised hills in the District.
A rocky ridge curves east and
then south east from Calf Crag passing over Gibson Knott and the
depression of Bracken Hause before ending at Helm Crag where it falls
steeply on all sides.
To the north and east of the ridge is the
Greenburn valley which joins the Rothay at Helm Side.
To the west
and south is Easedale Beck which is also a feeder of the Rothay and the
waters meet just north of Grasmere village.
Helm Crag is
generally rough with particular features being High and Low Raven Crags
on the eastern side and White Crag on the southern extremity.
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, a ditch and parapet are all 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, Coniston Fells and Eastern Fells.
Helm Crag is normally ascended from Grasmere although it can
be approached from either valley via Bracken Hause or along the ridge
from Gibson Knott.
routes near Helm Crag