Tuesday 24th August 2004
Start point: Grasmere
(NY 337 076)
Easedale - Easedale Tarn -
(146) - Grasmere
Weather: Sunny at first, rain later.
Today's walk is a circuit of Grasmere
Common, taking in the ever popular Easedale Tarn and the high point of
Car parking for this walk is in the
village of Grasmere, the popular car park for walks in this area
on the Easedale Road has now been transformed into a mini housing estate!
Setting off in bright sunshine (surprising
as it was pouring down earlier), I followed the Easedale Road up to
Easedale, over the bridge and through an iron gate onto the well defined
Helm Crag from Easedale.
The path follows the stream with Sourmilk Gill
waterfalls visible ahead and ascends adjacent to them. The falls were in
full spate due to the amount of rain over the past few days.
Sourmilk Gill waterfalls.
Continuing upwards, the still well
defined path leads to the lovely and popular Easedale Tarn.
Helm Crag from Easedale Tarn.
Visible up to the right is Tarn Crag; I
crossed Sourmilk Gill where it exits the tarn and followed the path
around the tarn and then a diagonal ascent through the bracken to Tarn
Tarn Crag from Easedale Tarn.
The summit of Tarn Crags is not easy to
determine at the best of times as there are many rocky knolls, it was
made harder as the mist descended over the top as I arrived. The highest
point is up to the right as you arrive on the summit plateau.
Tarn Crag summit, left and Codale Tarn,
Carrying on westerly along the plateau,
Codale Head can be seen ahead with Codale Tarn down to the left. There
is an easy ascent to the large cairn; the remains of an old fence leads
the way to the summit from half way up.
High Raise from Codale Head.
To the south-west lies the attractive
pyramid of Sergeant Man and it is an easy traverse to reach it.
Sergeant Man from Codale Head, left.
The photo on the right shows Codale Head and Sergeant Man from the walk
Bright Beck from Sergeant Man.
The clouds were lifting now giving
fabulous glimpses of Bright Beck and the Langdale Pikes. From Sergeant
Man, High Raise was an easy, if somewhat boggy, stroll - there is a trig
column on the bouldery summit. From High Raise summit the views were
clear - it looked as though it was raining elsewhere, especially over
Pike O' Stickle from the summit of High Raise.
Looking across the Langstrath Valley to
Glaramara with the High Stile ridge beyond.
From High Raise I headed towards Codale
Head again; I missed the path here and ended up descending a bit too far
to Ferngill Crag. Once I realised my mistake, I contoured across to
Broadstone Head and across the Greenup Edge/Far Easedale pass and an
easy ascent to the summit of Calf Crag. Here the heavens opened as I
arrived and from here on it was a monsoon all the way.
Looking along Far Easedale to Helm Crag from the walk to Calf
Crag. Heron Pike is in the distance.
Loughrigg in the centre distance from
the summit of Calf Crag.
From Calf Crag, it is a pleasant walk
along an undulating ridge to reach Gibson Knott, the summit being marked
by a large cairn.
Helm Crag from the summit of Gibson
Helm Crag can now be seen in the
distance and it is another undulating walk to reach it followed by a
sharp climb at the end. Once on Helm Crag ridge, the first large piece
of rock is known as 'The Howitzer' due to its appearance from Dunmail
Raise. The top of these rocks is the true summit of Helm Crag.
Steel Fell and Dunmail Raise from The
Further along the ridge there are two
lumps of rock, one large and one small. These are referred to as 'The
Lion and The Lamb' due to their appearance from below.
The Howitzer, left and The Lion and The
Lamb, right on the summit of Helm Crag.
Carrying on along the ridge, the
obvious path descends toward Grasmere. Taking the path at the gap in the
wall, down past the houses, across the road to another path which takes
you to Easedale and the original path at the start of the walk. From
here it is an easy walk back to Grasmere.
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