Silver How to Tarn Crag from Grasmere

Name of walk Silver How to Tarn Crag from Grasmere
Date of walk 2009-06-29
Distance walked (miles) 11
Duration of walk 7 hours 30 minutes
Weather Very hot and sunny
Peaks on walk Silver How, Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man and Tarn Crag
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Lay-by outside Grasmere.

Yesterday was forecast to be the best day of the week. We decided to do five fells from Grasmere, Silver How (1294ft), Blea Rigg (1776ft), Sergeant Man (2414ft), High Raise (2500ft) and Tarn Crag (1807ft). The route is a ridge walk that skirts around the valley of Easedale. It was 11 miles.

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We set off for Allan Bank (Wordsworth`s former residence) taking the path off right that leads up the fell. Good views out over to Helm Crag.

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It was very hot today so the visibility was hazy. Looking down at Grasmere and Rydal Water.

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Helm Crag in the foreground with Helvellyn, Seat Sandal and Fairfield seen behind.

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Behind me is Loughrigg Fell. Red-faced and sweating as today was a scorcher!

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Centre is the Langdale Pikes. Blea Rigg is on the right two miles away, Sergeant man is the small blip behind it, on the right of the horizon, High Raise is beyond that. A fair walk and a long, slow, undulating and relentless climb.

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Pike o`Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

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Approaching Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man now a bigger blip on the horizon.

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It is hot work so Ged and Kas are about to take a dip in one of the small tarns to cool off.

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A skinny dip! I move on to take some pix of Easdale Tarn.

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Heading up Blea Rigg you get the first views down to Easedale Tarn.

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Close up of Easedale Tarn.

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Also a good view of Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark, with Stickle Tarn below.

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Codale Tarn on the left looks from this angle as if it is on the level with Easedale Tarn, but it is in fact several hundred feet higher. Tarn Crag, our final fell is on the ridge behind it.

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Stickle Tarn from the approach to Sergeant man. Wetherlam and the Coniston Hills behind.

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Sergeant Man summit. We had lunch here and admired the view.

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Sergeant Crag on the right (last week), Rosthwaite Fell ahead.

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The view up Langstrath to the Scafells.

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High Raise was only half a mile further on. From there we could look at the routes of our last two walks. Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw in the distance.

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We then headed down the other ridge on the far side of the Easdale Valley towards Tarn Crag. Looking down on Codale Tarn with the crags of Blea Rigg behind. The drop down to Easdale Tarn can be seen too.

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Looking along the ridge to Tarn Crag.

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We keep our eyes peeled for wildlife!

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The valley of Far Easedale with Gibson Knott behind and beyond that Steel Fell.

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Tarn Crag Summit.

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View down to Easedale tarn our next destination.

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Trudging through the bracken.

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Ged and Kas take another dip to cool off. I cool off my feet!

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Where Sour Milk Gill begins.

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Part of the falls.

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Sour Milk Gill falls.

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We walked back through the Easedale Valley and across the final little bridge into Grasmere.

The walk had taken seven and a half hours. A very hot day with no breeze even on the highest peaks to cool you down. Still a good day though!
Jo.
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