23rd August 2007

A late evening on Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag

Walk Overview
Time 17.50 to 20.45
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 1950 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney and David & Daniel Mould
Stonethwaite - Eagle Crag - Sergeant's 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

It was another lovely day today and just right for the evening walk we'd planned to do on Eagle Crag & Sergeant's Crag. One of the problems this summer has been with planning walks in advance and then being let down by the weather; particularly on the evening walks, when you really don't want to be caught out on the fells after dark in bad conditions. No such worry this evening though; the sun had shone all day and we knew even though we only had three hours or so before sunset, the bright conditions would keep it light for a little longer then we needed.


For the initial section of the walk we headed out of Stonethwaite in the direction of Greenup Gill before crossing the beck near Smithymire Island and making our way through the Bracken on the lower slopes of Eagle Crag; seen here on the right hand side of the picture.

Taking a well earned rest on the hard slog up Eagle Crag we stood for a few minutes admiring the cloud formations.

Standing in warm sunshine next to the stile above Bleak How.

Now that August has almost passed it's becoming more noticeable that the nights are cutting in. Curtains are drawn sooner, lights need to be knocked on earlier than you think it should be necessary to do so and a general feeling that another summer is over begins to enter our thoughts. Taken before seven o'clock this photo already shows large areas of Borrowdale in shade. With the lowering sun casting long shadows, Borrowdale looked lovely from up here and anyone lucky enough to be catching the remainder of the evening light would, I'm sure, have been enjoying a real treat.

Not the way ahead.
I know they're only clouds, but they really did look amazing while we were up here.

Picking our way through the crags.
Andrew and I had arranged to meet up with David Mould ( www.fenrunfellwalk.co.uk ) and his son Daniel, who were in the lakes with the rest of their family for the week. Daniel, picture here, obviously had youth on his side and even on the steepest sections of the route he was off like a shot, while us "slightly" older folk puffed and panted our way up to where he kindly waited for us.

Looking over the area marked on the map as Stonethwaite Fell to the Skiddaw fells in the distance.

High Raise and Sergeant's Crag.

A splash of sunshine from the West.
Some of the fells silhouetted are Great Gable, Honister Crag and Dale Head.

Wide open space; fantastic.

Daniel standing on Sergeant's Crag summit.
I'm sure there must have been people wild camping in the Lakes tonight and also the odd group of people still on the fells at this late hour, but given the time, he must have been a strong contender for the highest person in England at 7:30 competition.

The sun was setting fast by the time we reached Greenup Gill and although it would have been nice to walk in the sun for a little longer, compensation for walking in the shade was offered by the incredible light on the fells above us; here shining on Lining Crag.

Heading across to the Greenup Gill path which we followed back down to Stonethwaite.

Thankfully the full auto mode on the camera can sort out things that I just don't understand (light and shade stuff I mean). I think we all said that taking a picture of this waterfall and Mountain Ash wasn't going to work as it was far too dark, this was closely followed by a couple of camera clicks and a simultaneous "I'll take one anyway; you never know".

As I said earlier the light was incredible!

Looking up at the Borrowdale fells perfectly silhouetted against the twilight sky.
What a great way to spend an evening.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks