23rd July 2011

Harrison Stickle to Eagle Crag from Stonethwaite


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 17.00
Duration 7 hr 30 min
Distance 12.3 mile
Ascent 3300 ft
Walking with Neil Haslewood
Stonethwaite - Langstrath - Langstrath Beck - Blea Rock - Stake Pass - Martcrag Moor - Harrison Combe - Harrison Stickle - Thunacar Knott - Sergeant Man - High Raise - Low White Stones - 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

A decent forecast called for a decent walk so we headed into Langstrath, up to the Langdales and then back across High Raise and Sergeant's Crag / Eagle Crag. This is a great route which I'd recommend to anyone wanting to try something a little out of the ordinary. If you've been onto the Langdales a few times from the normal starting points in Great Langdale, then why not give this one a try. I know there's a long walk in, but once you're up there you're you have lots of options to play around with so you can make the walk longer or shorter, depending on how you feel on the day.

This is more or less the entrance to Langstrath; a fantastic bit of Lakeland which seems to go on and on much further than you'd expect. Considering just how easy it is to get here and how close it is the the ever popular and crowded area of Borrowdale, this is somewhere you hardly see another soul.


Blea Rock.
I'm glad it's square and not round, otherwise it might come rolling down on top of us.

Looking back along Langstrath Beck.

A lone tree at the bottom of Stake Pass.

A Stake Pass view of Langstrath.

There's some footpath repair work going on at the moment on Stake Pass. And while I'd have to be blind not to recognise the need for something to be done, I just don't see how this type of path can offer a long term solution. If us fell walkers can erode what was there naturally, this stuff has no chance of lasting very long at all. If it doesn't get washed away in a flood, a decade of walking boots should see it off.
I reckon there are only two solutions. One would be to keep everyone off the fells and the other is to use proper pitched paths which have more than proved themselves to work when used elsewhere.

I hope the money I gave to Fix The Fells wasn't used on this bit !!

Sergeant's Crag, taken from the top of Stake Pass,

Looking across to Bow Fell from Martcrag Moor.

Standing above Harrison Combe and looking across to Harrison Stickle.

A view across to Pike O'Stickle, taken from the route onto Harrison Stickle.

There were a few people knocking about on Harrison Stickle summit, which was to be expected. The number of people in this picture closely matches the total number we passed on the rest of the walk. This was great while we were out, but it means I can't moan about it being over crowded.


Thunacar Knott Tarn.

High Raise on the left and Sergeant Man on the right. If you plan to visit both and then continue in the direction I'm looking, the obvious thing is to cut across to Sergeant Man first.

Sergeant Man summit.

Sunshine and shade. In the sunshine are Langstrath, Stake Pass, and the ridge between Allen Crags and Glaramara. In shade are Bow Fell, Esk Pike, the Scafells, Great End and Allen Crags.

High Raise summit.

Looking across to Rosthwaite Fell.

Continuing on from High Raise, we walked down to Low White Stones before making our way to Sergeant's Crag.

It was hardly surprising after all the rain we've had over the last week, but it was very wet under foot (and over foot) along here. Even with the best will in the world, sticking to the slightly higher ground doesn't really help much because between every lump and bump there's a boggy bit to walk across.

Almost at Sergeant's Crag now and looking back to High Raise.
No, that isn't the smallest stile in the world, the steps are hidden by the grass and the steep bank.

Sergeant's Crag summit.

Just follow the wall.

This is the Langstrath side of Eagle Crag. If you want to get to the top from here, don't go over the stile, you need to clamber up the rocky bit at the corner of the wall.

Eagle Crag summit with Borrowdale below, the High Spy / Maiden Moor/ Cat Bells ridge on the left and the Skiddaw fells in the distance.

Zooming in on Borrowdale.

Boulders in Greenup Gill.

A view down Greenup Gill into Borrowdale.
Walking down here always feels much further than it actually is.

Well, that was a good day out, it's just a pity outings like this have to come to an end. Such is life I suppose.
That's Eagle Crag in the centre of the picture.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks