Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn Circular Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3-4.5h
Distance
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9.5 km
Elevation
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563 m
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Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn Circular Walk

Walking the Helm Crag & Easedale Circular is a great experience that will take you up a rugged fell for some scenic views of the surrounding area. While out on this trail, you will summit Helm Crag and enjoy breathtaking views of the rolling hills around you before working your way west to the serene shores of Easedale Tarn. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the cascading Easedale Waterfall on your way back to Grasmere.

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Route Description for Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn Circular Walk

The Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn Circular Walk is a popular outdoor activity that passes through some of the most scenic terrain of the Lake District, all but guaranteeing that this will be a busy trail with plenty of other walkers. Setting out from the village of Grasmere, the trail will take you through the picturesque countryside to the northwest before beginning the steep ascent of Helm Crag. After taking in the amazing scenery of the surrounding fells, follow the trail downhill across the undulating terrain to the west until you arrive at the peaceful shores of Easedale Tarn. Take some time to explore this charming area, before making the return leg of the journey past the torrenting waters of the Easedale Waterfall on the way back to the village.

Getting to the Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the starting point for the Helm Crag & Easedale Tarn Circular Walk from Ambleside, make your way north on Rydal Road/A591 for 3.5 mi and take the first exit at the roundabout onto Stock Lane. Follow this for 0.5 mi to arrive in the heart of Grasmere, where you will find the trailhead.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Marc-November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    YHA Hostel Grasmere

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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