The Greenburn Round
FOUR Wainwright circular walk: Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag and Steel Fell.
Time: 4 - 5 hours
Parking: arrive early for the free places available on the main road above Grasmere, or pay to park in the village itself. Alternatively, travel to the start of the walk by bus.
|Greenburn Bottom from Stone Arthur|
|Strava estimates a walking distance of around 13km|
1. From the centre of Grasmere, walk out of the village along the Easedale Road. If you have parked on the main A591 road, rather than walking all the way into the start of Grasmere, take a pleasant shortcut to this road on the footpath through the woods of Butharlyp Howe.
|Looking down on Calf Crag from Greenup Edge|
|Greenup Edge from the summit of Calf Crag|
9. Now continue onwards a short distance to descend from the top of Calf Crag, but then head right, to the north-east, to make your way across the flat marshy ground at the head of the Greenburn valley. Although there is an old fence to guide your way, your boots will remain drier if you walk a little to the right of it at first. Continue following the fence line in the direction of a large tarn ahead of you.
|Helvellyn seen beyond the large tarn on the ridge|
10. After the tarns, the path becomes clearer as it makes its way around the northern side of Greenburn Bottom and starts to rise towards Steel Fell.
|The "Lion and the Lamb" as seen from Grasmere|