The Crags of Langstrath
TWO Wainwright circular walk: Eagle Crag, Sergeant's Crag
Time: 4 - 5 hours
Parking: in Stonethwaite, or on the roadside leading to it (limited spaces), or, in the high season, fee-paying by Borrowdale Primary School.
|Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag at the start of the walk|
|Follow the clear track towards Eagle Crag|
|Eagle Crag, with Sergeant's Crag behind|
|On the summit of Eagle Crag|
17. From the top of Eagle Crag, there are good views down into Langstrath and along the ridge to your next destination, Sergeant's Crag.
|On the summit of Sergeant's Crag|
20. To descend from Sergeant's Crag into Langstrath, first leave the summit to the south, crossing the ridge wall via a ladder stile and heading south along the ridge. However, do not head up the slopes that rise in front of you to the south-east, towards High Raise. Instead, make your way to the right, south across the top of Langstrath, looking down over Bull Crag and Brown Crag. There will be no clear path, this section of the route being very much one that needs you to pick your own way across the hillsides.
|Looking across Langstrath towards Glaramara|
21. Once beyond the rocky outcrops of Brown Crag, you can start to descend safely, but steeply, down the grassy slopes, alongside streams that are also flowing down into the valley from the fells.
|Make your way down to this footbridge|
23. Unlike the 'self-guided' route down into the valley, the route is now very obvious. It follows a clear track that takes you northwards, along the western side of the beck, also passing close to 'Swan Dub'.
|In the valley of Langstrath|
24. As you walk on, nearly below the peak of Sergeant's Crag, the path passes by another small gorge, where the beck forms the even deeper pool of Blackmoss Pot, a well-known spot for wild swimming.
|Continue under the peak of Eagle Crag|
|The waterfalls beneath Eagle Crag|
27. Complete the route on either the lane or the path through the fields by the Stonethwaite campsite, back to the village and the start of the route.
|The small plaque on a rock by the path under Eagle Crag|
|In enduring memory of Gordon Hallworth|
As the blogpost explains, the bridge crossed at the start of "Route A" above was commissioned in Gordon's memory by his father to provide a safe crossing of the gill at this point.