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