21st August 2004

A long walk from Grasmere - Blea Rigg to Tarn Crag and everything in between.


Walk Overview
Time 06.30 to 14.15
Duration 7 hr 45 min
Distance 12.3 mile
Ascent 3996 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Easedale Tarn - Blea Rigg - Stickle Tarn - Harrison Stickle - Loft Crag - Pike O'Stickle - Pavey Ark - Thunacar Knott - High Raise - Sergeant Man - Tarn Crag - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the homesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

Sourmilk Gill. There was hardly a cloud in the sky this morning and all the fells looked so clear.

Easedale Tarn. I've never seen the tarn looking so clear as it was this morning. You can just make out the red tent next to the water.

Stickle Tarn, Harrison Stickle and Pavery Ark. From the left hand side of the tarn I took the path you can see running under Harrison Stickle. On the approach to the tarn the path looks a lot worse than it really is. Although It is very steep and rough, it's not too difficult.

Pike O'stickle with Bow Fell behind from Harrison Stickle Summit.

Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle summit. Sergeant Man is the fell running across the center of the picture and the Helvellyn range is in the back ground under the cloud.

Harrison Stickle summit. From here you can see the whole middle section of the walk. If you're not familiar with the area use the OS map to locate all the fells in the walk as far as Sergeant Man. You should be able to plot a fairly accurate route between them from here.

From Pavey Ark looking across to Sergeant Man and the Helvellyn range. The dark fell on the right of the picture is St Sunday Crag.

Thunacar Knott from Pavey Ark. A thick band of cloud was coming over from the west. It lasted until I was almost as far as High Raise. Luckily I managed to stay in the sunshine almost all the way.

Thunacar Knott summit with the dome shape of Pike O'Stickle behind. The fells in the back ground are Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.
From here I could see Esk Pike, the Scafells, Great Gable and the higher western fells were all under cloud.

Bow Fell from the path between Thunacar Knott and High Raise.

Again from a little further along the path. This time with Esk Pike and the Scafell Fells, which were now starting to loose the cloud.

Bow Fell from High Raise summit. The path from here to Sergeant Man is almost a straight line

Sergeant Man summit looking towards Seat Sandal and the Fairfield range. St Sunday crag shows it's self as a dark fell in the back of the picture again.

One of the small tarns between Sergeant Man and Tarn Crag. The route from Sergeant Man to Tarn Crag is quite straightforward, but the narrow path is quite difficult to see in places.

Tarn Crag from the path down from Sergeant Man. After a week of very heavy rain, the route across to Tarn Crag was very wet in places.

Tarn Crag summit with Codale Tarn, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle behind.

Sunlight on Easedale Tarn from Tarn Crag summit.

Codale Tarn, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle from the path off Tarn Crag.

Looking back up to Tarn Crag. As I started to loose height it was getting very hot.

Tarn Crag from the road back into Grasmere.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks