Lake District walks - Steel Fell and High Raise



That's where we are going to finish the walk:
Helm Crag.
And this is where we started: Steel Fell, looking north. 


That was not the top of Steel Fell: like Barrow, Steel Fell has not one but two false summits, as you can see from this picture taken towards the end of the walk, from the flank of Helm Crag.

You can also see that the weather deteriorated during the walk...
This picture was taken from just above the first false summit, looking south towards Grasmere and Windermere.


The top top of Steel Fell.  On the OS map, this point seems to be called Dead Pike, and that cairn certainly resembles a sort of gravestone.
Where we are going from Steel Fell:  High Raise on the left


The old county boundary fence, near the top of Steel Fell.  Thirlmere is the lake.
Descending towards Brownrigg Moss, from Calf Crag.


The view north-west as you climb towards High Raise from Greenup Edge.  Sergeant's Crag and Heron Crag are in the middle distance, with the Newland's Round fells behind them.
From High Raise, which is pretty much in the centre of the Lakes, you should be able to see just about everything - but not today!  Pity the clouds came down as we went up...

Looking west from the High Raise cairn, towards Glaramara and great Gable in the murky background.
 

Looking north-west this time: the craggy one behind the cairn is Honister Crag, with High Stile looming behind that..  Grisedale Pike is just visible on the right in the far distance. 
Looking south towards the Langdales, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

 The descent route lay across the grassland via Birks Gill.
Now on the other side of Far Easedale, we are looking back along the ridge from the top of Gibson Knott.


The path along the ridge to Helm Crag.
The famous rock at the top of Helm Crag, which looks different from virtually any angle.  From Grasmere it looks (according to the Victorians) like "the Lion and the Lamb"; from here, and certainly from Thirlmere, it's a howitzer.  Take your pick...


This picture was taken after a bit of scrambling half way up the rock.  That's the A591 down there.

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© P. G. R. Rigg 24/4/06