Sergeant Man

Sergeant Man, viewed on the approach from Tarn Crag

Height: 2414 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 18th January 2011 (walk 30). Second visit: 26th May 2017 (walk 129).

Bagged as number: First round: 94 out of 330. [ << Tarn Crag (93)  (95) High Raise >> ]

Sergeant Man summit

Sergeant Man summit cairn. Bowfell and the Scafells behind.

Second round: 102 of 330. [ << Blea Rigg (101)  (103) Tarn Crag >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached from Tarn Crag – described as a ‘ridge route’ in Wainwright, but to call it a ‘ridge’ is pushing it; it’s more of a gently sloping upland. Left on the equally dubious ‘ridge’ to High Raise.

Second visit: Came up from Blea Rigg (slightly more case to be called a ridge), left for Tarn Crag.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Sergeant Man is merely a rocky excrescence at the edge of the broad expanse forming the top of High Raise, but is so prominent an object and offers so compelling a challenge (in these respects being far superior to the summit of High Raise itself) that it is often given preference over the main fell as the target of a day’s outing, and for that reason it is deserving of a separate chapter.”

Sergeant Man, looking east

Sergeant Man, looking east; mist fills the vale of Grasmere behind

What I say: This wasn’t quite a case of feeling that a fell didn’t really deserve a separate chapter but as Wainwright says, beyond it’s rocky final thirty feet or so Sergeant Man doesn’t really feel like it has much identity, and this I would say is true for both the routes that I have used.  The climb up the final tower is a lot easier than it looks as if it’s going to be when approaching from the north-east (from Tarn Crag, as pictured here), but we are certainly not talking (say) Pike o’Stickle here. Otherwise the hinterland is a rather swampy moorland. It’s worth a visit, but it can be considered the point at which the whole Central Fells landscape begins to plateau out and get duller (and wetter) for walkers.

Sergeant Man from Angle Tarn

Sergeant Man from Angle Tarn. Picture taken on walk 56.

[ << Selside Pike       Sergeant’s Crag >> ]

One Response to “Sergeant Man”

  1. […] The walk saw me revisit a trio of summits that horseshoe around the valley of Easdale: Blea Rigg, Sergeant Man and Tarn Crag. Not the most dramatic walk perhaps but a very interesting one, with plenty to see, […]

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