is not one of those
walks which project you vertically for the first 30 minutes.
There's a nice, gentle stroll out of Grasmere across the edge of
Easedale, with some great views of the fells to the north and
east. This, for example, is Helm Crag, which looks far more
this angle than from the east or north.
you can see
where we were last week: Seat Sandal on the left, joined to Fairfield
by Grisedale Hause. In front on the right is Stone Arthur.
Crag joining the
picture on the left.
you start climbing
Silver How, the views south open up. This view includes
and Rydal Water.
valley, with Stone
Arthur on the other side in front of Fairfield and Great Rigg.
Water and beyond,
from the top of Silver How. This is usually a great place to
relax and admire the views, but today it was possessed by hosts of
flying ants. By the end of the day I had concluded that
recognise a summit as theirs, since that is where they congregated -
except of course on the "top" of Thunacar Knott, which they quite
rightly spurn (more of which later).
retreated sharply from the top of Silver How, we turned our attention
to the prospect before us, as in this picture. There in the
distance are the Langdale Pikes. We approach from the right,
which is the path to Blea Rigg.
we set off for Blea Rigg, a last view of the eastern fells.
Langdale, with the Pikes on the right, Crinkle Crags in the centre and
Pike o' Blisco on the left
closer view of Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark
of the path you can see Easedale Tarn below Blea Rigg. Tarn
our last fell of the day, rises up on the other side of the tarn.
stone forms the top of a cairn on the way to Blea Rigg.
Windermere in the distance.
Stickle across Stickle Tarn. Kindly note the helicopter down
left! Not an emergency this time - just transporting stones for a
new path - but you never know what it will be called upon to do
If you haven't picked up on why I am walking the Wainwrights, it is to raise money for one of these helicopters - click here for details
Ark. Click on the picture and you can see Jack's Rake cutting
up the face of Pavey Ark
from right to left, and Easy Gully branching off it to the right, where
it meets up with the easily visible (and much eroded) North
We are approaching from the right, to climb North Rake.
from the top of Pavey Ark. Pictures limited again, due to
youngsters appreciating the views. They were on a week-long
guided adventure trip (walking, scrambling, climbing, canyoning,
etc). Wish I had started that young...
path up to
Harrison Stickle. If you know where to look, you will see
on Jack's Rake.
from the top of Harrison Stickle, High Raise is the highest
on the left, with Sergeant Man the small bump on the skyline to the
right. That bump totally dominates Easedale, out of sight
it to the right.
Pike o' Stickle from Harrison Stickle.
now it was
HOT, and I found it quite difficult to get the dogs out of this pool.
Stickle from the top of Loft Crag.
Stickle, from Pike o' Stickle.
the scree gully to Langdale.
Pike o' Stickle.
top of Pike o' Stickle.
looking rather like a gorilla (?)
principle to take a picture of Thunacar Knott, which is basically
featureless - or, in AW's words, "quite deficient in interest", where
"quite" means "completely". On Pavey Ark I met a couple who
me the way to Thunacar Knott. I naturally assumed they were
the Wainwrights, since no sane person otherwise asks that
question. But no, some warped individual had given them a
route from Grasmere which had Thunacar Knott as the key
objective! No wonder they couldn't find it...
This is the less than awe-inspiring view north from the "summit", to High Raise, on the left, and Sergeant Man, on the right.
arrived at the top of Sergeant Man, and looked over the edge,
everything changes! This is Easedale, of which Sergeant Man
is king. Blea Rigg can be seen to the right, Easedale Tarn
straight ahead (but we're not going there).
further down Easedale.
is not Easedale, but Codale, Tarn - a delightful place hidden in the
northern folds of Easedale - and where I was able to re-fill my water
bladder (which may have influenced my high opinion of the
Tarn glittering in the afternnoon sun. This picture was taken
from near the top of Tarn Crag, our last stop of the day.
Tarn from near the top of Tarn Crag
back at the Langdale Pikes from the top of Tarn Crag
down towards Grasmere.
I have descended from Tarn Crag into Easedale, and twice I have lost my
way, finishing on both occasions in some very long and enveloping
bracken. You can see the kind of thing I mean...
we managed to extricate ourselves (this is the royal "we", since the
dogs didn't realise there was a problem), we found the main path down
to Grasmere. This is the little cascade - which usually is
more impressive, but in a heatwave, what can you do?
is where we started about 8 hours ago: Silver How. Grasmere
off to the left.
the end of the path from Easedale, where it meets the little tarmac
road, there is a little café which I thoroughly recommend -
it's in the right place, for a start!
And this is their view, from the front door: Tarn Crag, on the right, and Sergeant Man in the distance.