Eagle Crag

Eagle Crag

Central Lake District

Route: Eagle Crag and Sergeant’s Crag

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 8th February 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.6 miles

Ascent: 1,800 feet

I parked at Stonethwaite and followed the path alongside Greenup Gill. Eagle Crag is a very imposing object on the approach. The first part of the climb up a steep grassy slope involved much turf clutching. The second part was completely different, as the summit of Eagle Crag (1,706 feet) is protected by sheer rock cliffs. There is a way through these, which involved climbing some steep gullies and crossing over exposed ledges. The task was made harder by the fact that many of the rocks were covered in sheet ice. It was a relief to reach the top. The microspikes were useful, as they have been several times this year.

From the summit it was an easy walk up to the next top Sergeant’s Crag (1,873 feet). The weather improved as the day went on and I had some fantastic views over Langstrath towards the Borrowdale fells and the Scafells. It was an easy descent down the slopes to Greenup Gill and the path leading back to Stonethwaite. Another memorable winter walk.

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