Walking the Wainwrights - Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag

 
The weather had improved - or so I thought - and so we set off to tackle the round from Eagle Crag in Borrowdale to Ullscarf and Great Crag on the eastern side of the valley.  Nice thinking, except that the clouds descended and we had to chicken out half way round.

Here are the pictures (you can click on any picture to get a larger version).



There's a nice start to a walk: Eagle Crag visible along Stonethwaite Beck.
Lucky sheep...


As we approach, Greenup Edge comes into view.  The idea was for us to come back that way, but it was not to be.


This is where you need to put in some effort.  The path is up by the wall, and then round to the right  roughly where the date stamp is.


At closer quarters.
As you climb, Borrowdale comes into view.


The view at the end of the steep bit, looking north.  I'm not sure of the name of the nearby fell, on the other side of Langstrath; it doesn't seem to be given a name on the OS map.
You need to find this little gully in order to reach the top levels of the fell, since it is the only breach in the cliffs on the eastern side.


After the gully we turned right, and found ourselves negotiating a series of narrow, steeply packed terraces overlooking Langstrath.
Made it!


View north from the top of Eagle Crag.
And this is Sergeant's Crag from Eagle Crag.  High Raise is hidden in the clouds behind.  We're going that way...



Looking back north from Sergeant's Crag: Eagle Crag is the insignificant grassy bump in the middle of the picture.
High Raise just visible from Sergeant's Crag.  We need to cross to the left just below Long Crag, the dark patch in the centre of the picture.  Maybe it's going to be OK...


In fact, ten minutes later the clouds had swept in at a great pace, down below Long Crag and completely obscuring Greenup Edge, the path up to Ullscarf.  And the top of Ullscarf is a huge area with no features, certainly a nasty place to be in bad visibility, at least for people like me who are not expert navigators.  So we cut down into the valley, to meet up with the path from Stonethwaite to Grasmere, which is the third day of AW's Coast-to-Coast walk.  That is Lining Crag on the horizon, just below Greenup Edge (Oh, did I mention that after we got down into the valley, the clouds cleared...?)
Well, at least we managed something this afternoon...


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