Steel Fell and Greenburn

This is one of Stuart Marshall's walks, followed to the letter.  Steel Fell is the large fell on the left as you climb out of Grasmere to the top of Dunmail Raise, and the walk takes you up on to the top, then left along the old county boundary between Westmorland and Cumberland to Brownrigg Moss, then up to Greenup Edge, left up to High Raise, before dropping back down to the ridge which terminates in Helm Crag. 

The weather started off beautifully blue, but changed half-way through to dull and overcast.

Here are the pictures (click on any picture for a larger version):



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.  Anybody know the history?
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.

We descended rapidly from High Raise, since it looked decidedly rainy and windy, but in fact we had no rain the whole day.  The 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...


The rock is quite large, and well beyond my ability as a climber.  This picture was taken after a bit of scrambling half way up the rock.  That's the A591 down there.
A triumph for the First Team: the dogs posing near the bottom of Helm Crag, in front of an almost vertical ladder stile, which they had hopped over without any problem.  These stiles are certainly not built for dogs, and I live in continual fear of a catastrophe.  Part of the problem is that they reach the stile about a hundred yards ahead of me, so I am in no position to help them.  They charge over, and wait nonchalantly on the other side.  But one time the waiting Samba had blood on her mouth, and there was a great smear of mud on her shoulder, so they are not infallible.  And they don't seem to slow down much, either...





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