1st November 2005

Sergeant Man to Silver How from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 07.55 to 13.35
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent 3333 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Easedale Tarn - Sergeant Man - Thunacar Knott - Pavey Ark - Stickle Tarn - Blea Rigg - Silver How - 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

Early morning sunshine in Easdale.
The colours were great this morning and the areas with the sun shining on them were so clear, but the dark clouds on the higher fells hinted that this walk would not be completed in these conditions. It turned out to be a mixed day of very heavy showers and perfect autumnal sunshine, changing almost by the minute.

A little further into Easedale the first of the showers came so I stood under this holly tree for a couple of minutes waiting for it to clear. A good excuse to have a go at taking close up pictures.

Looking ahead to Easedale Tarn's outflow. Tarn Crag is the dark fell on the right of the picture.

Belles Knott taken from the start of the steep climb.

Codale Tarn.
This tarn isn't on the main route between Easedale Tarn and Sergeant Man, but all it takes is a 5 minute de-tour from the main path to reach it. It's such a shame that more people don't take the time to walk over and have a look at this lovely tarn.

Codale Tarn again. This time taken from the main route up to Sergeant Man.
The path running from the right of the picture to the tarn is the "5 minute de-tour" I mentioned. This is probably the place where most people realise they were actually quite close to the tarn after all and wish they'd gone for a look. But of course it's too late now.

Sergeant Man from near the point where I joined the main path between High Raise and Thunacar Knott.
The rain was so heavy while I was in the area around Sergeant Man it was a case of, water proofs on, head down, quick march and hoping it would stop soon.

The tarn on Thunacar Knott with Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Great End behind.

And then while I was on Pavey Ark the rain turned to hail.

Stickle Tarn seen from the route I took between Pavey Ark and the path on the right of the picture.

Stickle Tarn again, this time with Harrison Stickle behind.

Easedale Tarn from the Blea Rigg ridge.

Looking back along the ridge to Blea Rigg.

Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Great Rigg.

Lang How Tarn and Silver How taken from the little area of higher ground marked on the map as Swinescar Pike.

Lang How Tarn, which is slowly becoming silted up and overgrown and will no doubt disappear altogether one day. Just like Harrop Tarn near Thirlmere, I know this is just the natural progression of things, but what a loss it would be to the Lake district if nothing can be done to save these tarns.

Grasmere and Rydal Water from Silver How summit.

Sunshine on the area near Brigstone Moss (just below Silver How summit).

Grasmere in the valley and Heron Pike and Nab Scar middle above.
Here is another couple of walls that have a sort of "no mans land" between them. These ones even have a little wall (the dark bit) blocking then off so you can't even walk between them.

A rather overgrown section of path on the route down to Allan Back and Grasmere.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks