This was our 3rd walk in 3 days, and surprisingly our longest. The walk out to Calf Crag is much further than it looks on a map, however the path we took meant that the distance was just a sideshow. Greenburn Bottom is a gem of a place and will easily go in my top 10 Lakeland spots, its completely secluded, very few people will go there and its gorgeous, especially in the sun. We sat for 20 minutes warming ourselves and enjoying the silence. The walk up to the ridge was a bit boggy and tricky in places and this continued to Calf Crag and then on to Steel Fell. The return down Cotra Breast was superb, all that was missing was a few jets passing us on their low flying journey up Thirlmere. As we were staying in Grasmere it seemed obvious to walk near to the house and as we had already done Helm Crag and Gibson Knott previously we had these two to tick off. We could also have bagged Armboth Fell but that one might be left until next year.
|Start – Layby on A591
|Route – Town Head – Helmside – Greenburn Bottom – Pike of Carrs – Calf Crag – Steel Fell – Cotra Breast – Helmside – A591
|Distance – 5 miles Start time – 11am Time taken – 4hrs Highest Point – Steel Fell 553metres
|Weather – Sunny with some cloud, but still pretty warm.
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Off we go, heading round and past Town Head cottages and farm. That’s Steel Fell up above the farm. We will also be walking past the white house up to the left.
Steel Fell now up on our right as we reach the point were the two paths split. We could head right up Cotra Breast to Steel Fell. Or, as we did, go straight on heading into Greenburn
As we climb past a few waterfalls I turn to look back out of the valley
Helm Crag above us.
Greenburn Bottom and the boys, utter seclusion
We crossed Green Burn itself at these stepping stones and sat in the sun on the bank to the left and enjoyed our surroundings. The path heads slowly up left through the bracken for a while before turning sharply up to gain the ridge from Gibson Knott to Calf Crag.
A fair bit of huffing and puffing (mainly by me, the boys were like mountain goats!!) brought us to the ridge, we turned here towards Calf Crag. That’s Grasmere lake in the distance in front of Loughrigg Fell
Looking left across to Steel Fell, backed by Dollywaggon Pike and Fairfield
The Calf Crag summit
Steel Fell in the sunshine from Calf Crag. Seat Sandal also has the sun behind
The valley below is Far Easedale and another possible route up to this fell
Greenup Edge behind Calf Crag and an unnamed tarn
Helvellyn was on our itinerary this week as well and we get a good look at it from here across the top of a tarn we will pass on the way to Steel Fell
Summit selfie. 3 very happy people in the place they love.
Fantastic view and photo down into Greenburn Bottom as we traverse around to Steel Fell (on the left)
The tarn I mentioned we would pass and the Helvellyn Massif behind
Happy boys on Steel Fell, Thirlmere stretching away behind them and Blencathra in view beyond Thirlmere
Steel Fell surprised me with a slightly lumpy summit area, it was also very wide which made for no plunging views down. These would come as we walked towards the descent. Helm Crag is straight ahead, then Loughrigg Fell and Windermere at the back.
Looking back to the tarn we passed earlier and the ridge around to Calf Crag. The Langdale Pikes are back left in the sun, with the area around High Raise (Langdale) in the centre back.
A part of Tarn Crag (Easedale) catches the sun with the Coniston Fells in view away back left
Here is the descent down Cotra Breast, the boys are already starting down it. The views are great down here all along Dunmail
Helm Crag up to the right and the path down
Looking back into Greenburn Bottom
Striding out along Cotra Breast
Down now and looking back up at what we had just done
Back at the A591 with Steel Fell up on the right and Gibson Knott to the left. A fab walk and glad we took this option and route.
3 thoughts on “Calf Crag and Steel Fell”
A good route!
Always good to be able to have a good walk from the front door.
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I love finding places that surprise me. I hadn’t done a great deal of research on the path up to Greenburn Bottom but when we arrived it was a wow moment
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We did a similar walk a few years back and took in Helm Crag. The hills around Grasmere are great if you can find a way to avoid the crowds