Sergeant's Crag and Langstrath

Sergeant’s Crag and Langstrath, from Eagle Crag

Height: 1873 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells).

Date climbed: 10th November 2012 (walk 68)

Bagged as number:  209 of 214. [ << Eagle Crag (208)  (210) High Rigg >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached from Eagle Crag. Left in the direction of High Raise, heading over Greenup and down to Grasmere, but note this is not the natural line of descent (see the walk commentary for details).

Sergeant's Crag summit

Sergeant’s Crag summit: apologies for the water in the lens, but it wasn’t pleasant up there…

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “The extensive north-western slopes of High Raise descend gradually and uneventfully at first, with nothing of interest to show; and then, after some hesitation, rise sharply to the walled summit of Sergeant’s Crag before plunging preciptously, without further delay, to Langstrath far below. The change is sudden and the contrast complete, for High Raise is smooth and grassy for the most part, Sergeant’s Crag is all rock and rough fell.”

What I say: Anyone who has been visiting this site since late 2011 has already become familiar with Sergeant’s Crag, as that’s it in the banner image at the top of every page, seen from Great Crag on walk 45. The fell looks spectacular from Eagle Crag, as well, as you can see in the other image above.

But despite its photogenic qualities and dramatic, rocky scenery, even then it risks being overshadowed by its smaller sibling (Eagle Crag), which as well as having neater lines, also has the advantage of walker access up its face; Sergeant’s Crag cannot be climbed direct and perhaps suffers as a result. Nevertheless, it’s well worth a visit and also has good views of the whole Langstrath/Borrowdale district, from the Scafells at one end down to Keswick in the north.

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One Response to “Sergeant’s Crag”

  1. […] are now two more expeditions left. The day took me up two great summits, Eagle Crag and (pictured) Sergeant’s Crag, both interesting and excellent climbs. Let’s not talk about the weather, […]

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