Blea Rigg via Whitegill Crag

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Whitegill Crag (ravine) – Blea RiggSergeant ManHigh RaiseThunacar KnottHarrison Stickle – Pike Howe – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 6.4 miles     Total Ascent: 778 metres    Time Taken: 4 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 08:30

What a fantastic morning, the sky and light were excellent today and it was a great day to try out a scramble up to Blea Rigg using the Whitegill Crag ravine. If you like it steep and rough, then this is the way for you. Using this route I hardly saw a soul all morning (only from afar using the more popular paths) but I did bump into Striding Edge stalwarts Pat & Emrys on the way down – nice to see you both up there today.



Langdale Circuit

Start Point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn – Harrison StickleThunacar KnottHigh Raise – Sergeant Man – Stickle Tarn – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 5.6 miles     Total Ascent: 723 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 08:00

Weather: Cold with high cloud, 2°C

The Langdales were oh so cold today but it was great to be out in winter conditions again. The freeze thaw cycle had made some places quite treacherous, the path to Stickle Tarn was especially so and required spikes to safely climb. These were swapped for crampons to climb up to Harrison Stickle on the eastern face. Once on the tops there was an icy chill and surprisingly for this area I never saw a single soul until I was back to lower reaches.

Langdale-Circuit

Sergeant Man

Height: 736 metres / 2415 feet Grid reference: NY 28647 08896 Category: The Central Fells

Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Esk Pike from Sergeant Man

Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and Esk Pike from Sergeant Man

Looking north to Sergeant Man from the climb to Pavey Ark

Looking north to Sergeant Man from the climb to Pavey Ark

Casper on Sergeant Man

Casper on Sergeant Man

Sergeant Phil on Sergeant Man.

Sergeant Phil on Sergeant Man.

High Raise

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Tarn Crag Sergeant Man High Raise Thunacar Knott Harrison Stickle Pike Howe – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 5.5 miles     Total Ascent: 752 metres    Time Taken: 3 hours 40 minutes     Start Time: 07:50

Weather: Brightening with long sunny spells later. 12°C

It was very quiet up on the fells today, I hardly saw a soul all morning. The weather was ever improving with sunshine and loveliness all around by the end of the walk.

First of all, an invitation for you if you are around in the Lakes on the weekend of the 10th & 11th of November…

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn Pavey Ark Sergeant Man High Raise Thunacar Knott Pike O’Stickle Loft Crag Thorn Crag – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 7 miles     Total Ascent: 822 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Sunny and bright, lots of snow. 7ºC.

What a fantastic day today, the best of the winter by far I think. I knew it was going to be good when I went through Coniston and the snow was down to a low level and the sky was clear. We were nice and early, climbing alongside Stickle Ghyll to meet the sunrise half way up which gave a lovely red hue on the snow. When I reached the dam on Stickle Tarn, I thought I must have died and gone to heaven – this is how winters should be!

Easedale Circuit

Start point: Grasmere (NY 337 074)

Grasmere – Easedale – Tarn CragCodale Head High Raise Sergeant ManBlea RiggSilver How – Grasmere

Distance: 9.7 miles     Total Ascent: 850 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Generally bright. 13oC.

Today I met up with Andy Lang nice and early for a walk around Easedale and up onto High Raise, the centre of the Lake District. It was very clear this morning but the best of the sunshine was early on and once up onto High Raise the wind was icy. On the way up to Grasmere, all the  stretches of water I passed were covered in a thick blanket of mist – here comes winter.

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Sergeant Man High Raise Thunacar Knott Pavey Ark Harrison SticklePike O’Stickle Loft Crag Thorn Crag – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 8.1 miles    Total Ascent: 1047 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Overcast but clearing – warm and still. 23oC

When Angus (the ‘lost boy’ – kept a close eye on him today!), Casper and I set off from the New Dungeon Ghyll, it was quite murky but surprisingly warm. The sun threatened to break through the clouds all morning and eventually did for spells. Casper was recognised (from 1000 yards I think!) on Loft Crag by Chris and Lin, up in the area for a weeks holiday and it was nice to bump into someone who visits this website. Previously I have said I wouldn’t take Angus up on the high fells again, but how could I resist? He loves it up there…

High Raise

Start point: Grasmere (NY 337 076)

Grasmere – Goody Bridge – Helmside – Steel Fell (464) – Greenup Edge – Brownrigg Moss  Low White Stones  High Raise – Sergeant Man – Codale Head – Brownrigg Moss  Calf Crag – Gibson Knott – Helm Crag – Grasmere

Distance: 11 miles     Total Ascent: 1000 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Dull and grey with the snow showers. 5°C

Today’s walk was from Grasmere with a circuit of Greenburn, also taking in High Raise and Sergeant Man. There was lots of snow about today with mini-blizzards on the higher sections of High Raise and Sergeant Man.

 

Jack’s Rake

Grasmere – Easedale – Easedale Tarn – Belles Knott – Stickle Tarn – Pavey Ark Thunacar Knott Sergeant Man High Raise Low White Stones – Greenup Edge – Brownrigg Moss – Calf Crag Gibson Knott Helm Crag – Grasmere

Distance: 12.5 miles     Total Ascent: 1256 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Turning sunny and warm. 23°C.

Today was a choice of walk for 14 year old James; as he’s wanted to climb Jack’s Rake (sorry Angus, not a walk for dogs!) and Helm Crag (commonly known as ‘The Lion and the Lamb’) for a while, we killed two birds with one stone today and did a long round from Grasmere. The weather started somewhat dull but by the time we reached Easedale Tarn, the sun shone and it turned into a glorious day with memorable, superb views from our lunch stop on High Raise.

The Langdale Pikes

Start point: New Dungeon Ghyll Car Park (NY 295 064)

New Dungeon Ghyll – Thorn CragLoft CragPike O’StickleThunacar KnottHigh RaiseSergeant ManPavey ArkHarrison Stickle – New Dungeon Ghyll

Distance: 8.2 miles     Total Ascent: 1017 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 50 minutes

Weather: Warmer than of late with the tops in and out of mist all day.

A return visit to old favourites The Langdale Pikes today – it’s a little while since I’ve done them so this round made a nice change today. With it being Easter soon, this area becomes very busy so I thought I’d better get out while the place was virtually deserted…

The Lion & The Lamb

Start point: Grasmere (NY 337 076)

Grasmere – Easedale – Easedale Tarn – Tarn Crag (140) – Codale Head (141) – Sergeant Man (142) – High Raise (143) – Calf Crag (144) – Gibson Knott (145) – Helm Crag (146) – Grasmere

Weather: Sunny at first, rain later.

Today’s walk is a circuit of Grasmere Common, taking in the ever popular Easedale Tarn and the high point of High Raise.

Car parking for this walk is in the village of Grasmere, the popular car park for walks in this area on the Easedale Road has now been transformed into a mini housing estate!

Setting off in bright sunshine (surprising as it was pouring down earlier), I followed the Easedale Road up to Easedale, over the bridge and through an iron gate onto the well defined rocky path.

Grasmere Epic

Grasmere – Steel Fell (186) – Calf Crag – Greenup Edge – Ullscarf (187) – Long Crag – Sergeant’s Crag (188) – Eagle Crag (189) – Sergeant’s Crag – Low White Stones – High RaiseThunacar Knott (190) – Sergeant ManBlea Rigg (191) – Silver How (192) – Grasmere

A raw and bitterly cold day, icy wind on the tops with lots of snow.

The Langdale Pikes

This is it – the first walk ever published on the original StridingEdge – back in those days I could a) only fit 6 or 7 images on the memory card I had so it was used sparingly and b) the internet was still on dial up so these photos took forever to load up anyway!

Although these pictures were taken in 2003, the site didn’t get up and running until 31st January 2004 when there was the proverbial one man and his dog with no one bothering to look at the photos until eventually the site gained in popularity. Looking back on these photos whilst updating is funny as I can remember the walks as if they were yesterday…

Dungeon Ghyll – Stickle Tarn – Jacks Rake – Pavey Ark (1) – Harrison Stickle (2) – Loft Crag (3) – Pike O’ Stickle (4) – Stake Pass – Mickelden – Dungeon Ghyll

The next walk (I had begun counting the Wainwright’s at the same time) was as follows. There are no photos  so either the weather was bad or I wasn’t into the habit yet.

Grasmere – Easedale Tarn – Sergeant Man (5) – High Raise (6) – Gibson Knott (7) – Calf Crag (8) – Helm Crag (9) – Grasmere