Lion & the Lamb

  • A spectacular summit area
  • Views over the heart of the Lakes
  • A fine first walk for the kids]

Many walkers look back on their childhood and name the Lion & the Lamb (or Helm Crag as it is officially named) as their first memory of the Lake District fells. It is not high, easy to climb, easily accessible from Grasmere and has a summit area which makes it memorable. The highest point is exceptionally tricky to reach (Wainwright himself never made it) as it is atop a 20 foot slab of rock which requires some careful scrambling and airily situated overlooking the A591 1,000 foot below.

The view from the valley offers one of the most iconic images of any Lake District fell, although I struggle to see any resemblance to a Lion or a Lamb, just a sharp blade of rock. In fact the Lion and the Lamb from where the fell was originally named is not the summit but lies a few hundred yards to the south but hey ho, why ruin a good story. Away from the summit area this is a lovely climb on an excellent path with great views over Far Easedale to Easedale Tarn and back over the village of Grasmere and Loughrigg Fell (another little beauty).

Recommend: Keep to the woods on the return from the fell and head through the grounds of Lancrigg.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 337075. There are car parks in the centre of Grasmere. Bring plenty of change!
Height to Climb: 307ms (1,007 feet)
Terrain: Steep pull to the summit but on a very clear path. The summit area has some steep rock faces.
Eating & Drinking: Grasmere has a large choice of tea shops and inns but the summit of the Lion & the Lamb is a great picnic spot.
Similar Walks Nearby: Loughrigg Fell
Ridges over Grasmere
Easedale Tarn from Grasmere
Places to Stay: Goody Bridge Cottages, Grasmere


  1. Mountain Mike Wilson says:

    Todays target Helm Crag but starting with Steel Fell,Calf Crag and Gibson Knott,10.15 am start from the car park on the A591 Gav and I make our way through the Farm up the hill past the houses and onto The Fells.Steep start nice weather and within an hour we are at the top of Steel Fell Wainwright number one bagged 1,811ft,great views all the way to The Langdales and Helvellyn.We kick on down over the boggy ground to Wainwright number two Calf Crag 1,762ft.Ten minute break and we make for Gibson Knott,weather is holding but you can see its been freezing over night,we meet the first walkers of the day,quick hello and we are off to the top of Gibson Knott,at this point there are snowflakes in the air,its quite nippy.Few photographs taken and we are at the top 1,379ft we can see Helm Crag our final destination,the ground is wet and as we hit the top near The Howitzer we can see that the rock is wet so no attempt to get to the top it today.So we are at 1,299ft approaching THe Lion and the Lamb a quick scramble and we touch base on the top,great views all round,quick break and we are making iur way down to Grasmere,funny but its a good walk down to the village on roads so we find a nice café for a Latte and discuss the day,four Wainwrights bagged in four and a half hours sweet and so was the mint crunch cake see you again soon.

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