To the north of Grasmere is the famous lion & lamb rock feature that stands upon the summit of Helm Crag. It is called this because at a certain angle it resembles a lion resting next to a lamb, it is also referred to as “the old lady playing the organ” because at another angle it looks like just that. A delightful walk with rewarding views at the summit over Grasmere and towards Sour Milk Gill.

It can be reached from Grasmere Village, through the pretty national trust estate of Allan Bank. Find the walking route in the website link on your  right.

At 1,329ft it’s an easy to moderate walk. It is  a Wainwright.

Alfred Wainright wrote of Helm Crag that “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.”

Find the walking route in the link on your right hand side.


Photo credit: Helm Crag- Will Lamerton

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