|Steve on the Howitzer|
At the top of Helm Crag you'll find the Howitzer which is a huge lump of rock that only the brave, the skilled or the slightly bonkers attempt to climb. You can decide for yourself which category to put Steve in but this is as far as I got...
The route back down into Grasmere goes directly past the Lancrigg and it would be rude not to stop in for a coffee and a delicious scone the size of your head...
We both love Easedale Tarn - it's almost the perfect tarn to visit. The walk up out of Grasmere is varied but straightforward and it passes the fabulous waterfalls of Sourmilk Gill where you can pause, cool down and maybe dip your toes in the water.
Although it's a straightforward route right next to Grasmere it's usually surprisingly quiet, especially around the tarn itself. It's definitely the perfect spot for a picnic and if you need sustenance on the way back there's always this...
A lap of the lake
This is definitely a walk of two halves with the first half skirting the shores of the lake and the second half following an ancient coffin route back into Grasmere. Along the way there are stunning views, museums, historic relics, more stunning views and, if you're up for a short detour, enormous caves.
|Just a short detour from the route|
As I mentioned, we stayed at the Lancrigg Hotel and would certainly recommend it - both to stay at or to visit at the end of a good walk. The rooms are spacious and the food is spectacular - a perfect birthday treat for me! If the walks above all sound a bit more than you fancy then you can take a gentle wander around the hotel grounds, visit the memorial where Wordsworth used to work, or let the more adventurous folks enjoy the adventure playground while you put your feet up with a drink.
|Gorgeous walks around the grounds|
|Lovely short walks nearby|
|Stunning views from our room|