7th February 2007

Nine central fells from Stonethwaite


Walk Overview
Time 08.30 to 14.50
Duration 6 hr 20 min
Distance 12.5 mile
Ascent 3900 ft
Walking with On my own
Stonethwaite - Langstrath - Stake Pass - Martcrag Moor - Pike O'Stickle - Loft Crag - Harrison Stickle - Pavey Ark - Thunacar Knott - Sergeant Man - High Raise - Sergeant's Crag - Eagle Crag - Greenup Gill - Stonethwaite
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

Sergeant's Crag seen from the higher section of Stake Pass. It was forecast to be another clear day today, so I decided to do a walk that not only included the Langdale Pikes and also included a long route from Stonethwaite in Borrowdale to get there. This gave me more options on where to walk to after leaving the Langdales. The downside to this was having to walk in the shade for the first hour and a half; hence no pictures from the start of the walk.

A close up of Bow Fell.

Stake Pass Tarn with Combe Head behind. Stake Pass itself can be seen running across the picture, in front of the tarn. My route came in from the right of the picture.

Looking towards Bow Fell, Rossett Pike and Esk Pike from one of the frozen pools on Martcrag Moor.

And the view back across Martcrag Moor. The fells in this picture are Great End, Allen Crags and Great Gable. The whole area was frozen solid today, which made the going so much easier than it normally is across here. It was simply a case of walking straight across the wet and boggy sections which you'd usually need to zig-zag through. Surprisingly it was also starting to warm up a little, the jacket didn't stay off for long though; it was too warm with it on and too cold with it off. (you just can't please some people)

An impressive looking Pike O'Stickle, seen from the route across to Loft Crag.

And the view across to Harrison Stickle.

On route to Harrison Stickle now. This was one of those moments fell walkers dream about; fantastic conditions, clear views, excellent place and all to myself.

Harrison Stickle summit with a build up of cloud seen on the distant Eastern fells.

Looking across to the eastern fells again, this time from the route between Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark (the rocky fell, left of centre).

The very rocky area between Pavey Ark and Thunacar Knott.

Sergeant Man seen from the lowest point between Pavery Ark and Thunacar Knott.

Thunacar Knott summit with cloud just clipping the tops on Great End and Great Gable.

A close up of Esk Pike.

Wide open fellside on the route off Thunacar Knott. The high point on the left is High Raise and the rocky summit of Sergeant Man can be seen on the right of the picture. It's quite difficult to see in this photo, but there is actually a narrow path to Sergeant Man which runs just above the rocky sections on the side of the fell.

Another frozen tarn, this one is found on the route between Sergeant Man and High Raise. Notice the cloud has almost gone from the Eastern fells now.

High Raise summit.

After leaving High Raise I took an off path route down to the side of Long Crag, where I then picked up the faint path leading to Sergeant's Crag.


Heading across to Sergeant's Crag through another area I was pleased about being frozen.

Sergeant's Crag summit with Ullscarf behind.

The way to Eagle Crag.

And the final approach to Eagle Crag summit. The dark fells to the right of the summit are the Skiddaw fells.

The summit of Eagle Crag offers this fine view down to Borrowdale, where you get a greater feeling of height than you do from many of the much bigger fells.

It's a long way down to Langstrath from here.

Just about back in the shade now as I was walking down Greenup Gill. A fantastic day on the fells!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks