Helm Crag is affectionately known as the “Lion and the Lamb” because the large summit rocks resemble a lion and a lamb from so many viewpoints. From Grasmere we climb the mountain directly via its SE flank – a short mountain walk to a wonderful and much loved summit.
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
After exploring the rocky summit with its interesting rock formations, we continue northwest along the summit ridge before descending gently from Bracken Hause and following the river back along the valley to Grasmere.
In scenic values, the summit of many high mountains are a disappointment after the long toil of ascent, yet here, on top of little Helm Crag, a midget of a mountain, is a remarkable array of rocks, upstanding and fallen, of singular interest and fascinating appearance, that yield a quality of reward out of all proportion to the short and simple climb.
During this walk we will enjoy mountain and lake views, rivers and waterfalls. The terrain includes narrow lanes, mountain paths and valley road.