A rather dull but enjoyable walk to Steel Fell via Tarn Crag.


Date: 4th October 2011 Ascent (m/ft): 937m (3074ft)
  Start Location: Roadside A591 - Grasmere Highest Point: Nr Codale Head (615m/2018ft)
  Time Started: 11:30 Parking: Layby on A591
  Duration: 4 Hours 35 Minutes Weather: Cloudy & Windy

15.6km - 9.69 Miles

Difficulty: Difficult
Roadside A591 - Butharlyp Howe - Easedale - Stythwaite Steps - Tarn Crag (177) - Broadstone Head - Calf Crag - Steel Fell/Dead Pike (178) - Costra Breast - Helmside - Roadside A591
The weather was meant to be pretty rubbish today, but it turned out better than predicted. It was cloudy pretty much all day with fairly strong winds at times high up. I chose this walk because last time I walked here it was sunny so its great to see it in different weather and in a different season.
Sourmilk Gill across Easedale.
A spot of quick-passing sunshine as I head up Easedale.
Looking up Far Easedale from the path that forks off to Easedale Tarn and Tarn Crag.
A high, almost birds-eye view of Easedale Tarn.
Deer Bield Crag hanging over Far Easedale.
A close up of Deer Bield Crag.
Before heading to the summit I went over to the lower top marked by this carin for a great view down to Easedale Tarn.
And what a view it is!
A glimpse of Codale Tarn.
Tarn Crag summit cairn.
Far Easedale, the Gibson Knott Ridge and Steel Fell behind.
The view from Tarn Crag looking to Loughrigg Fell, Grasmere (village and lake), Rydal Water and Windermere.
The long eastern ridge of Tarn Crag - the route I've just walked up.
Codale Tarn.
Sunshine as I walk down to Calf Crag. The fell ahead is Ullscarf.
My next Wainwright today - Calf Crag. The weather today was very similar to last time I was up here back in 2008 - Windy!
A grand view down Far Easedale. Deer Bield Crag to the right.
The summit cairn on Calf Crag and a view to Grasmere.
Greenburn Bottom with Helm Crag to the right.
Steel Fell summit cairn. The route from Calf Crag to Steel Fell was soggy to say the least! Wet feet is almost unavoidable here!
A view down Thirlmere to Blencathra from Steel Fell. Lonscale Fell and Great Calva to the left.
And in the other direction, looking to Windermere, Loughrigg Fell and Helm Crag. On a clear day the view from here must be excellent.
Sun beams over Easedale, looks like the weather's going to change for the worse!
Possibly one of the best views for a descent, showing off the Vale of Grasmere, Helm Crag and Grasmere lake.
A final view up to Helm Crag with the Howitzer standing prominent.