18th May 2008

High Raise, Sergeant's Crag and Eagle Crag from Stonethwaite


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 15.00
Duration 5hr 20 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2700 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Anne Leaney
Stoenthwaite - Greenup Gill - Greenup Edge - High Raise - (near Long Crag) - Sergeant's Crag - Eagle Crag - Greenup Gill - Stonethwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Stonethwaite

Despite there only being spaces for about 5 cars next to the phone box this is somewhere I've only failed to get to get parked on one occasion. Found in the middle of Stonethwaite, this about as good as it gets for sheer variety of walks.

There is also a small parking area just before the main village. It is more of a lay-by than anything else but there is room for about a dozen cars.

Parking is free and for those wishing to eat or drink after a walk the hotel / pub is less than a minutes walk further into the village.


Route Map

Looking back along the track we'd followed from Stonethwaite.
Despite the campsite being rather busy and the fact that I couldn't get parked in Stonethwaite itself, the place was pretty quiet today. Thankfully, and as with many places in the Lake District once you've walked about 100 yards from the village, lake, or pick-nick area the crowds just seem to disappear and you're left with an altogether more agreeable number of people to say hello to. Of course the same theory cannot be applied to some of the "honey pot" areas, where at this time of year you're guaranteed to meet an almost continuous stream of people trudging "to the top".

Still in the valley and looking in the same direction as the previous photo.

The path up the side of Greenup Gill is a lovely route with fine views all around, you have the impressive rock face of Eagle Crag on your right hand side, at one point you even get a tantalising glimpse into the secluded valley of Langstrath, and of course there's this view back down to Borrowdale. Another appealing feature of the route must be the ease at which you gain the 1000ft of height between Stonethwaite and the base of Lining Crag. A long route yes, but the gentle incline helps reduce your need for quite so much puffing and panting along the way.
Then , , ,

The path up the left hand side of Lining Crag comes into view. A sting in the tail if ever there was one.
Did some one mention puffing and panting?

One last look back before it gets really steep.

With the forecasted build up of cloud turning out to be correct, and it being a little cooler than of late, we decided to have an earlier lunch in this sheltered spot below Greenup Edge, and with a view like this who can blame us.

Looking back along the broad ridge to Low White Stones. In the far distance you can see the higher northern fells and Bassenthwaite Lake.

A close up of Bow Fell, with the Great Slab clearly visible, below the summit on the left.

And a little further round you see Esk Pike, Esk Hause, Great End and in the background you have Ill Crag, Broad Crag and Scafell Pike.

From High Raise we took an off path route down to Sergeant's Crag, seen here. The route took us across the area of flattish ground between Sergeant's Crag and Long Crag which is generally quite wet under foot. However, given the dry spell we've had over the last couple of weeks, on today's walk we were able to take direct lines from one point to another; without the need to avoid the wet areas.

Sergeant's Crag summit complete with a feather to mark the highest point.

Heading around the edge of the rocky summit to gain the ridge route to Eagle Crag.

A very pleasant and relatively short walk links Seargent's Crag to Eagle Crag.

Just before reaching Eagle Crag you come to a little rock step at the corner of the ridge wall, where hands are required as well as feet. While standing next to the step you're treated to one of the finest views into Langstrath; a lovely secluded spot. Although I have to say the view doesn't make the valley look anywhere near as long as it feels when you walk there.

I'm sure if we'd been at close quarters the beck would have been too deep to cross comfortably, but from here it certainly looked much drier than normal.

Standing on Eagle Crag summit and looking down into Borrowdale.

From Eagle Crag we did another section of off path walking, then after crossing an infant Greenup Gill we were brought back onto the path we'd followed earlier in the walk.

The classic shot of Eagle Crag, taken from the track just outside Stonethwaite.

Almost back in Stonethwaite now.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks