Thursday, March 24, 2011

Tarn Crag, Sergeant Man & Blea Rigg

Today in glorious sunshine we headed back over to Grasmere to walk three more fells that were new to us, we left early & were walking out of Grasmere at 9:20. We walked from the car park via a new route to the centre of Grasmere & passed over the millennium bridge.
Our route started on the Easedale Road as we had when we went up Helm Crag
But this time we carried on up the Far Easedale valley & were surprised to see this monkey puzzler tree
Helm Crag is the fell you can see the slopes of to the right with Gibson Knott in the middle & Calf Crag to the left
As we climb up looking across to Helm Crag
Looking back at the path we have come up, we followed the wall up & turned to come up Tarn Crag
We started in trousers & fleeces but in the valley stripped down to shorts & t-shirts & stayed like that all day
Easedale Tarn comes into full view, the fell just to the right will be our third of the day & we will drop down to the tarn to return to Grasmere
Looking up to the summit
The last section
The path has disappeared so we pick our route up
The Langdale Pikes
We have reached the summit, we will be heading off towards the cliff face then taking the path to the left of it to the ridge line.
Wainwright drew this of the view at the summit Not surprisingly it really hasn't changed
It is starting to get a bit hazy, looking back to Grasmere
Tarn Crag (550m)
Codale Tarn, we will get close but not quite down to it if we contour our route right
We try to keep as much height as we can as we drop down
Lang Crag (the cliffs we could see from Tarn Crag summit)
Looking back to Tarn Crag
Codale Tarn as we start climbing again
We meet up with a group of three walkers who are just doing a circular walk taking in our third summit Blea Rigg
Yes Andy was throwing a stick for Crag, he was quite happy to keep running up & down this slope
Looking back at Tarn Crag as we reach the ridge which will take us to Sergeant Man (the only part of the fell walk we repeat on the return from the summit)
Sergeant Man looks quite imposing from here
Again a bit hazy but some last snow on Bowfell, the Scafells & Great End
Great Gable
Windermere in the distance
Sergeant Man (736m) the highest point we will be at today & also our lunch spot
We are heading for our last summit above the cliffs below us
Codale & Easedale Tarns
As we move along the ridge Codale Tarn with Tarn Crag behind
Easedale Tarn
It is a really easy walk to Blea Rigg as it is downhill all the way until the last bit which is only 20m of climb
Blea Rigg (541m)
Sergeant Man is the summit in the centre
There isn't an official right of way down to Easedale Tarn from the summit so we pick our way off between the crags (only the sort of thing we would do in these clear, dry conditions)
Quite a steep descent on the grassy banks
Tarn Crag towering over the tarn
We then descend down the very well used route to Grasmere, some of the waterfalls on Sourmilk Gill
And looking back at the cascade
We had a lovely 10mile walk (800m+ ascent) in the glorious sunshine, one more walk from Grasmere & two more fells & we have completed the Central Fells

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