Eagle Crag and Sergeant’s Crag

Name of walk Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag
Date of walk 2011-05-05
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 4 hours 30 minutes
Weather Good visibility
Peaks on walk Eagle Crag, Sergeant`s Crag
Walked with Ged and Kas the blind dog
Parking Roadside Stonethwaite

Yesterday afternoon after climbing Castle Crag we drove to Stonethwaite to climb Eagle Crag (1709ft), and Sergeant`s Crag (1873ft) returning down Greenup Gill. A walk of five and a half miles.


Eagle Crag with Sergeant`s Crag to the right and Greenup Gill on the left


The Bluebells are out as we head for the second wall.


We follow the route up by the wall. No coats or waterproofs now as it is a steep ascent and hot work!


You can see how steep from here! looking down to Greenup Gill from just past the wall stile.


Now a short climb up a gully to bring you out to the terracing on the crag.


A good view down Borrowdale.


Looking up the Langstrath Valley, our long route back down from Angle Tarn two weeks ago.


Sergeant`s Crag ahead. We zig zag up the terraces. The Bilberry plants are looking very green.


As we get higher, the winds get stronger and we need to put our coats back on. The sun is now out in the valley..


Ged on a lower terrace.


Eagle Crag summit cairn.


We sit and have a late lunch behind a rocky outcrop, out of the wind. Then start the walk over to Sergeant`s Crag ahead.


From Sergeant`s Crag looking back to Eagle Crag on the right.


We take a direct route over the glacial moraines towards the path leading down Greenup Gill. Ullscarf opposite.


We meet a National Trust path maintaining team diverting water to prevent path erosion.


The path goes all the way up to Greenup Edge just to the left of Lining Crag.


Eagle Crag on the left as we head down the path.


We meet a couple following a walk in a guide book, looking for Dock Tarn. Dock Tarn is reached through the forest on the side of the mountain centre right of the photo above, and then found on the other side of the mountain. They had no map or compass! Had no idea they were going south east and not north east, and had totally misunderstood the instruction " Turn right after crossing the bridge at Stonethwaite and then after 350yds, opposite the campsite, turn left up a grassy track through a forest"........some people just are not safe to be allowed out of their house let alone on the fells! I politely pointed out where they should be and off they went to try again!


Plenty of pools and waterfalls on the way down.


Looking across the gill at our route up Eagle Crag beside the wall.


Down in the valley we meet the lost couple again still looking for the way to Dock Tarn! So we took them to the start of "the grassy track through the forest", and let them loose......I wonder if Natural Selection has taken its toll or whether they actually located Dock Tarn, then amazingly found their way unaided to Watendleth, over to Rosthwaite and finally back to Stonethwaite? Let us hope so!! Looking back to Eagle Crag from the just before the bridge back to Stonethwaite.


A sheep had just given birth.


She was busy cleaning up the newborn lamb.


Time for a drink at the pub!


A surprisingly empty Langstrath Country Inn for 4.30 in the afternoon.


After a drink we returned to the newborn lamb in time for its first attempts to stand up, being gently nudged to do so by its mother.


After several failed attempts, it finally succeeds! So cute!

A happy ending for our walk! The five and a half miles had taken just under four and a half hours. With much better weather to end the day than we started with, and better than forecast too!