|Walk:||Easedale Road, Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag, Codale Head, High Raise, Tarn Crag, Easedale Road|
|Start Point:||Grasmere School car park||Grid Reference:||NY 338 073|
|Distance:||10 miles||Ascent:||3,200 feet|
|Weather:||Clear skies with lots of sun. Moderate wind with a high chill factor on exposed ridges.|
|Comments:||A neat group of seven walkers attended for this “moderate” walk. The very cold ground conditions made negotiating some of the paths tricky due to standing ice, particularly at the higher altitudes where they had a covering of snow. However, the cold conditions were beneficial in some ways as the more boggy sections were frozen. The clear and crisp conditions made for excellent views in all directions.|
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Heading out of Grasmere along Easedale Road, Helm Crag is bathed in sunlight . . .
but with such a heavy frost we wonder how cold it will be when we get up there!
The robin helps us to choose the correct path
The colours are spectacular today as we look up Far Easedale, Calf Crag on the right
Seat Sandal comes into view, with Fairfield, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur on the right
Ray and Ian decide to check out the South top of Helm Crag
Not much of a climb here . . .
until you see the rest of the picture . . .
and from a different angle, a few more take up the challenge . . .
to get to the top of the North summit of Helm Crag
In the opposite direction Easedale Tarn comes into view with the Langdale Pikes beyond, and Tarn Crag to the right
It's a shame there is a drop between Helm Crag and Gibson Knott . . .
but we continue on our way . . .
and eventually reach the summit of Gibson Knott
A sunny sheltered spot is the perfect place for a morning break . . .
and provides views back to Grasmere, with Helm Crag on the left and Loughrigg in the distance
It's a long trek from Gibson Knott to Calf Crag, left of centre . . .
but we finally make it there . . .
and start the descent to Brownrigg Moss . . .
where we are rewarded with the sight of two deer . . .
making their way across towards the Wythburn Valley
Ray quickly leads on . . .
across the moss . . .
with Greenup Edge on the horizon
Nearing the top of the climb, or should I say 'long, hard slog', Thirlmere pops into view with the Helvellyn range behind
and from a little higher up there doesn't seem to be much snow on Skiddaw
The 'upside down pudding basin' of Great Gable is easily recognised from this 'winter wonderland'. . .
as we continue on to the trig point at High Raise
All smiles as we stop for lunch and most of the hard work behind us . . .
but all too soon it's time to head for Codale Head and Tarn Crag . . .
but I do think they could have made a more impressive cairn
The Helm Crag ridge just catches the sun, with Steel Fell to the left, Seat Sandal in the centre and the Helvellyn and Fairfield ridges on the horizon
Easedale Tarn can be seen from the larger cairn, but not from the Wainwright
A bit cold for a swim today!!
The light begins to fade as we near the end of the walk . . .
enhancing the colours all around us
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