Sunday 12th December 2010

 

Start Point : Grasmere (NY 336 073)

                   

Distance : 8.5 miles          Height Ascended : 750 metres

 

Route Map

 

 

The first of the morning sun lights up this scene looking across to Tarn Crag.

 

Higher up and the view remains very autumnal looking.

 

Far Easedale.

 

A sunlit Seat Sandal across Helm Crag's eastern flank.

 

These rocks on the southeast end of the summit form Helm Crag's 'official' Lion and The Lamb.

 

The Lion's head seen in silhouette from the later descent of Steel Fell.

 

The Howitzer - the top of which is the true summit of Helm Crag (curiously never reached by AW).

 

The thaw is not quite complete on Helm Crag!!

 

The remaining part of the 'Greenburn Horseshoe' - Gibson Knott and Calf Crag to the left, Steel Fell to the right.

 

Tarn Crag with the top of Langdale Pikes visible to the left.

 

The summit of Gibson Knott and the view northwestwards towards Calf Crag and the Central Ridge…………….

 

………………………………..but the best view is to the northeast over Steel Fell to the Helvellyn Ridge, Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Great Rigg.

 

Steel Fell and the top of Helvellyn ridge.

 

Looking back down the ridge.

 

Calf Crag's peaty top.

 

Looking back along the first leg of the ‘horseshoe’....................

 

………………………….and forwards to the next leg and Steel Fell.

 

Looking over Brownrigg Moss to Greenup Edge.

 

The northeastern aspect from Calf Crag - it looks like even the higher fells are almost snow free.

 

The frozen unnamed tarns on the ridge between Calf Crag and Steel Fell.

 

A superb view north from the summit of Steel Fell - one of my favourites.

 

The northerly panorama.

 

………………………….and again.

 

Hetty just below the summit.