Helm Crag / Gibson Knott / Calf Crag

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
7.90 602 5
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Moderate 6 7


I’ve been wanting to get to the actual summit of Helm Crag for a long time; something Wainwright never achieved! I don’t think you need to get to the top of the Howitzer to claim the fell as bagged, but in my own mind I couldn’t contemplate not reaching the true summits of all 214!

Anyway, as you can see from the photographs I made it 🙂 Having said that, it did prove to be more difficult than I anticipated, especially getting down. It certainly felt more exposed than any other scramble I’ve done in The Lakes, and while it’s very short, there are a couple of difficult moves. It would’ve been better if I’d had someone telling me where to put my feet on the descent, as I found it awkward to see the best footholds. Nevertheless, I’m still here, which proves it’s not beyond the capabilities of the average fell walker!

Helm Crag aside, this is a lovely walk that isn’t too strenuous. There are some wonderful views to be had, and it’s nothing more than a gentle stroll through Far Easedale on the way back.

Recommended 🙂

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