25th June 2005

Eagle Crag to Rossett Pike and a long walk through Langstrath valley.


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 15.50
Duration 6 hr 5 min
Distance 12.3 mile
Ascent 3842 ft
Walking with On my own
Stonethwaite - Eagle Crag - Sergeant's Crag - High Raise - Stake Pass - Rossett Pike - Angle Tarn - Langstrath Valley
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

The track that runs to the left of Stonethwaite Beck.
I hadn't been walking for very long at this point, but it was already starting to get very hot.

Looking down to Stonethwaite and Borrowdale from the path beside Greenup Gill.
This picture was taken just before I crossed Greenup Gill to make the steep ascent of the last 500ft or so onto Eagle Crag.

Sergeant's Crag seen from the point where I climbed the wall to get onto Eagle Crag.

Stonethwaite and Borowdale again this time from Eagle Crag summit.
It was a grey, overcast morning with no clear long distance views. It was just so hot and humid.

Eagle Crag summit with Sergeant's Crag behind.
The little bit of fell sticking up to the left of Sergeant's Crag is Pike O'Stickle.

A quick look down to the Blackmoss Pot section of Langstrath Valley, taken from the path between Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag.

Sergeant's Crag and Eagle Crag from the route up to High Raise.

High Raise summit.

From my lunch spot just past Stake Pass, looking down to the middle part of Langstrath Valley.
Sergeant's Crag and Eagle Crag can be seen above the valley on the right.

Zooming in on Pike O'Stickle and the Langdales from Rossett Crags.

Mickleden and Lingmoor Fell from Rossett Pike.

Angle Tarn.

Angle Tarn's outflow with a couple of people who had just finished cooling their feet off in the water.

The footbridge across Langstrath Beck.

Langstrath Beck seen from the footbridge.

Looking through Langstrath Valley towards Stonethwaite Fell.
This is a long and secluded valley with no buildings of any kind, just a couple of sheepfolds and a few footbridges across the beck. It's one of those routes where you walk for quite some time, yet you feel as though you're not actually getting anywhere. It took me 2hr to walk from Angle Tarn to the Stonethwaite end of the valley. You usually meet a few people at the Stonethwaite end who may have ventured round from the camp site for a look, but the further into the valley you are the fewer people you meet.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks