Eagle Crag and Sergeant Crag

Name of walk Eagle Crag and Sergeant Crag
Date of walk 2017-05-05
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 5 hours 0 minutes
Weather Excellent visibility, windy on the tops.
Peaks on walk Eagle Crag, Sergenat Crag
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Stonethwaite Village.

On Thursday Ged, Kas and I drove to Stonethwaite in Borrowdale for a walk up to Eagle Crag and Sergeant Crag. It has been six years since we last did this walk, but it is always a good one with great views and bits of scrambling. The forecast was good, but there were going to be strong winds on the tops.

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View to Eagle Crag from the lane.

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Newborn lamb trying to stand.

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Eagle Crag ahead.

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Our route to the top is straight up beside the second wall.

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Crossing the bridge at the bottom of Greenup Gill, where it meets Stonethwaite Beck and Langstrath Beck. Not much water.

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Ged at the top of the waterfall at Langstrath Beck.

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View down.

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We head along to the start of the second wall where you have to climb out of the gully, then head upwards. Looking back to Stonethwaite.

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Looking back down.

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Kas even finds the steep climb exhausting and takes a break. His ears are blowing in the wind!

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We head for the wall stile on the far left.

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A short scrambling section, but easy.

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View back down the valley.

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We get our first view down the length of the Langstrath Valley, as we begin our zig zag along the terraces of bilberries.

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At the far end is Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Esk Pike. On the right is Glaramara.

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Ged and Kas on the terrace zig zags.

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Sergeant Crag on the left.

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Ged and Kas on Eagle Crag summit.

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It is blowing a gale up here! We have lunch below the rock out of the wind.

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Looking from Eagle Crag summit 'cairn' over to Sergeant Crag.

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Coats on now as the wind is cold and we head for Sergeant Crag.

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View back to Eagle Crag on the right.

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Sergeant Crag summit.

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Scafell Pike, Scafell and Great End can now be seen above Glaramara on the far right. As can Pike o' Stickle on the far left.

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Ged and Kas on the summit.

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We head down and then take a left, walking off path down the grass to reach the path on the other side of the moraines that comes down off Greenup Edge.

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A last view of Langstrath.

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We head down. Lining Crag on the right. Ullscarf ridge ahead.

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The path comes down the left of Lining Crag.

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We keep left and cross the beck, avoiding going up and over a large moraine.

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Keeping the beck to our left the path will appear very soon.

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Ta da! Now we just head down the valley beside Greenup Gill, back to where we crossed the bridge.

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Eagle Crag on our left.

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A waterfall in Greenup Gill. Out of the wind it is warm, but still too cold for a dip.

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A final view across the field back to Eagle Crag.

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As it is still early in the season there were spaces to park in the village next to this cottage and the phone box. Usually we park outside the village along the road. Today it is just a hop and a skip to the pub and we can leave our ruck sacks in the car.

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The Langstrath Country Inn where I got a home made biscuit with my coffee.

The walk was 6.47 miles and took us just under five hours. A most enjoyable day!

Jo.

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