Greenburn Round

Greenburn Round

Central Lake District

Route: Greenburn Round

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 14th May 2014

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 9.8 miles

Weather: sunny, warm, very clear, clouded up towards the end

The Greenburn Round is an attractive circuit of four fells which in order of appearance on this walk are: Steel Fell (1,811 feet), Calf Crag (1,762 feet), Gibson Knott (1,379 feet) and last but not least Helm Crag (1,299 feet)

I parked in Grasmere and as my space was close to Butharlyp Howe, owned by the National Trust, walked through the lovely woodland until I joined the Easedale Road. Although it’s a road there’s little or no traffic and it’s a pleasure to walk along it. I could see Steel Fell ahead of me and at the end of the road I entered Green Burn to climb up the delightful grassy ridge to the top of the fell. The views back over Grasmere and beyond were fantastic and I couldn’t understand why the paths seemed to be so little used – I didn’t see anyone on this section

After reaching the summit of Steel Fell, there followed a squelchy section that took me across the head of Green Burn to the next fell – Calf Crag. The ridge line from there was much drier, with countless ups and downs as I made my way along to Gibson Knott and finally Helm Crag. The way down to Grasmere was down a recently improved path, with wonderful views ahead of me for much of the time

I arrived back in Grasmere hot but happy after a great day out on the fells

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