Now most people head straight up Helm Crag. Well not us, we like to take the path less travelled, or in other words, the easier route up! So, we headed up the Far Easedale valley instead and were in for a treat of an afternoon bimble.....
From Grasmere we followed the signs for Easedale Tarn but instead of heading up to the left we made a turn to the right and took the path less traveled past Jackdaw Crags and towards Stythwaite Steps. It was here we stopped for lunch, protected completely from any breeze we basked in the glorious sunshine.
We continued through the valley gently ascending up to Brownrigg Moss where we rewarded by a stunning view towards High Raise, but also greeted by a stiff wind. Walking along and up the valley was a delight. We had the place to ourselves. We could look up to the busy ridges and be thankful that we were able to have a little part of the Lake District all to ourselves on a bust Summer's day.
Turning with our backs to the wind we walked along the ridge, which by now was quiet as the day was coming to an end. Helm Crag enticed us towards it, the little scrambling was a fun way to top out at the Lion and the Lamb.
After a brief stop to take in the 360 degree view we headed back down, smiling smugly at those who were tackling the steep route up and back in to Grasmere and the obligatory pint of reward for a walk well walked.
Walks don't have to be epic, or big to be enjoyable, they don't have to include peaks, so next time you fancy a walk have a look at a map and see if you can find a new way to walk that walk......
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