Eagle Crag (1706ft, 520m) & Sergeant’s Crag (1873ft, 571m), 13th July 2017


This circular walk begins in the picturesque village of Stonethwaite, and after an early start I was the first car to park up, in fact I didn’t see a soul until I had climbed both fells and returned to the busier Langstrath valley in the early afternoon. To the average eyes Eagle Crag looks unassailable, it rises steeply from the valley floor below and there are sheer cliffs around the higher reaches. But with care, and sure footing, there is a safe way up, and it is a worthwhile ascent – for Eagle Crag is ideally placed and the views in most directions are spectacular.


Eagle Crag and Sergeant’s Crag from beside Stonethwaite Beck


Height is gained quickly as the ascent is particularly steep, this is looking back to Borrowdale after climbing up through the narrow gully.


Quite suddenly the views open up to the west and south, the path being only feet from the edge. This is Langstrath Beck in the valley below.


At this point on the climb the path zig-zags its way up in a series of terraces, but the faint track is hard to follow, it then disappears completely at a ‘dead-end’, so I retrace my steps to make sure I’ve not missed it somewhere. So, at the base of some rather large cliffs I am forced to use my hands to reach the final part of the climb.


The summit is marked by a tiny pile of stones place on a tilted slab of rock. This is looking north towards Skiddaw in the distance.



Looking south over Sergeant’s Crag to High Raise (left), and Crinkle Crags and Bowfell (right)


Glaramara and Great Gable


My next target – Sergeant’s Crag, with Crinkle Crags and Bowfell behind



 

Walking southwards it is only a short distance to Sergeant’s Crag, this is looking back to Eagle Crag on the right with Skiddaw in the far distance. Just left of centre in shadow is Great Crag, whilst behind that in the sunshine is King’s How and Grange Fell.


In no time at all I’m on the summit of Sergeant’s Crag


Looking over Rosthwaite Cam to High Stile, Fleetwith Pike and Honister Crag


Just a beautiful view. Looking over Langstrath to Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Allen Crags, Scafell Pike and Great End.



It is a shame there is no sound with this picture – all I could hear was the sound of the waterfall and the constant calls of Meadow Pipits. No human noise at all, just the peaceful sounds of nature. Perfect.


Heading back northwards alongside Langstrath Beck with Eagle Crag and Sergeant’s Crag towering above me to the right.


The waterfall at Blackmoss Pot



‘Flying Scotsman’ – 9th July 2017

A few images of LNER Class A3 60103 Flying Scotsman during her visit to Cumbria whilst hauling the ‘Waverley’ railtour from York to Carlisle..

This image was taken just after its arrival in Carlisle. I think it works quite well in black and white, it kind of looks like it was taken decades ago.


And this is Flying Scotsman passing Cumwhinton station as the tour heads back south along the Settle to Carlisle line.



New drawing…28th June 2017

Well after many many years I decided to dig out my pencils today and see if I can still draw. It’s something I used to do a lot of when I was a youngster and something to do when my rest day is wet (which it often is!). So I thought I’d try drawing one of my photographs of a Roe Deer. I’ll be amazed if I finish it though – that was always my downfall when I was a lad…


 

Hartsop Dodd (2028ft, 618m), 19th June 2017

The final fell of today’s walk. Instead of following the stone wall north from Caudale Moor I decide to make my way along the escarpment on the eastern side of the ridge. This is a far more interesting route and means I’m looking down into the impressive deep valley of Threshthwaite Cove, and pretty soon I’m hearing a Ring Ouzel singing from the crags…

Place Fell (in shadow) and Angletarn Pikes over Threshthwaite Cove and Raven Crag


Looking down to Pasture Beck with Gray Crag rising on the other side


Threshthwaite Mouth and Thornthwaite Crag



At this point on the walk I hear another Ring Ouzel singing from the steep crags below and also see a female chasing away a Wheatear. But I wasn’t expecting to see Mountain Ringlet, a small localised butterfly which only flies in hot sunshine for a few weeks at this time of the year. The Lake District is the only place away from Scotland to see this rare butterfly and between here and the summit of Hartsop Dodd I saw several individuals. I didn’t know they occurred in this part of the lakes and I hadn’t realised I’d timed my walk to coincide with their short flight period so this was a bit of a bonus.


Hartsop Dodd, Ullswater and Place Fell


The summit cairn. Looking south towards Red Screes, Middle Dodd, Coniston Old Man (distant), Little Hart Crag and High Hartsop Dodd.


Looking west towards Dove Crag, Hart Crag, Fairfield, Dollywagon Pike and St. Sunday Crag


Looking north towards Ullswater


Rest Dodd, High Raise, Rampsgill Head and Gray Crag


Caudale Moor and Red Screes


Dovedale


Red Screes and Middle Dodd with Caiston Beck and Coniston Old Man on the right



Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes



The descent back to Hartsop is very steep indeed!!


Brothers Water


Dovedale



‘Walker Bridge’ in Hartsop, a 17th century ‘pack horse’ bridge.


Hartsop Dodd from Walker Bridge, and the finish of another stunning day in the fells.


Caudale Moor (Stoney Cove Pike, 2503ft, 763m), 19th June 2017

Leaving the tall column of Thornthwaite Crag behind I make my way down towards the deep gap of Threshthwaite Mouth. The walk from here up to Caudale Moor means dropping down a considerable height on a path which is eroded with loose stones, and then taking on a steep scramble up rocks on the other side. Time to be watching where I’m putting my feet…


Looking over Raven Crag and Hartsop Dodd to the distant skyline of Helvellyn, Catstycam, Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Skiddaw and Great Dodd.


Troutbeck Tongue and Windermere



Once down in Threshthwaite Mouth I begin the scramble up the eastern flank of Caudale Moor, this is looking down to Pasture Beck with Gray Crag on the right.


Looking back to Thornthwaite Crag after getting to the top of the steep part


The summit plateau is extensive and the highest point actually has it’s own name – Stoney Cove Pike. From the cairn this is looking southeast towards Kentmere Pike, Shipman Knotts, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.



Rampsgill Head, Kidsty Pike, High Street and Thornthwaite Crag



Thornthwaite Crag (2572ft, 784m), 19th June 2017

At last, my 100th Wainwright!! It seems to have taken ages to get to this small milestone but I got there eventually. Only 114 to go….

After a short break on the summit of Gray Crag I set off along the ridge towards Thornthwaite Crag. Despite the beautiful weather today I suddenly realise I’ve still not passed a single person, which is just how I like my fell walks. It’s all very peaceful and calm up here and I love it.

Threshthwaite Mouth


Thornthwaite Crag (left) and Caudale Moor (right)



Down to my left is Hayeswater Gill which runs into Hayeswater


Windermere and Wansfell through Threshthwaite Mouth


Looking over Raven Crag to Fairfield, Dollywagon Pike, Nethermost Pike, St. Sunday Crag and Helvellyn


In a very short time after leaving Gray Crag I reach the impressive 14ft high column which marks the summit of Thornthwaite Crag. From here the view to the south opens out in front of me with the tops of Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke visible in this image.




This is a good place to have my lunch and to also re-apply some more sunscreen – it’s proper scorchio up here! I also see my first people of the day, these walkers are making their way towards High Street on the left. Mardale Ill Bell is on the right.


The view is immense looking from the summit towards the west, and the visibility today is just incredible with all the distant fells nice and clear. Caudale Moor, my next target, dominates the view in the centre foreground, but beyond that are the Scafells, Great Gable, Fairfield and Helvellyn….to name but a few…


Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Scafell, Scafell Pike, Great End and Great Gable


Red Screes


Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell, Wetherlam, Swirl Hows, Great Carrs and Harter Fell