18th November 2012

Eagle Crag. Sergeant's Crag and High Raise


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 15.10
Duration 5 hr 50 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
Stonethwaite - Stonethwaite Beck - Eagle Crag north ridge - Eagle Crag - Sergeant's Crag - High Raise - Greenup Edge - Lining 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

Looking back along the track we'd followed from Stonethwaite.

That's Eagle Crag over there, blocking out the sunshine and looking as though a walk up the front would be impossible.

A close up of High Spy.

Yes, this is a steep one, as this view back down the fellside shows.
The path over on the opposite side of the beck is the one we used towards the end of the walk.

What ever you do don't slip or you won't stop rolling until you're somewhere between Stonethwaite and Rosthwaite.


Now it gets really steep and along with this it also gets quite slippery. At this time of year this side of Eagle Crag gets little or no direct sunlight at all. Even if it did, we never get enough consecutive days without rain to dry the place out anyway.

Langstrath open up below us.

We eventually make it into the sunshine and a consequence of this is my shadow getting in the way
Over there in the distance are the Skiddaw fells.

Eagle Crag summit in front of Glaramara. Bow Fell and Esk Pike can be seen on the distance.

Looking back to Eagle Crag.
Notice all that mud and water on the ground. From this point we walked through quite a lot of this stuff.

Sergeant's Crag summit. Andrew finds the best vantage point for a picture, Anne has a sit down for a minute and Jennifer seems to have gone missing.

A band of rain slowly works its way across the head of Borrowdale. Lucky for us, but not so for anyone over there at the moment.

The ladies leave Sergeant's Crag with a view of Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell, Esk Pike and Great End in the distance.

And there they are again, leading the way across the boggiest part of the walk and up to High Raise.

This bit was seriously wet under foot. Trying to avoid the water was a fruitless exercise so the best thing for us to do was walk through it in a straight(ish) line.

A fleeting moment of sunshine helps me out with this long distance picture. There are lots of things to see here, such as Honister Crag on the left, High Spy near the centre with a bit of sunshine on it, Bassenthwaite Lake, The Skiddaw fells and that's Jennifer walking up the side of the fell.

The amount of snow on the ground wasn't really worth mentioning on a postcard, but we did gain enough height to rise above the snow line; albeit for a short time.

"Does this mean you don't want to say cheese for the camera"

Heading towards Low White Stones, , , , no, we haven't had an argument, we just seemed to drift apart as each of us opted for what we considered the driest / cleanest route up here. Needless to say none of us made it to the top dry or clean.

Looking back to High Raise.

"Wait for me, you know I get frightened on my own"

The view from Lining Crag.

and the view back towards Lining Crag. It always feels like a long way from here to Stonethwaite.

On the homeward stretch.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks