Sergeant Man

Sergeant Man Grasmere Walk

Sergeant Man Grasmere Walk

Sergeant Man Walk

The most popular routes to climb Sergeant Man are either from Great Langdale via Stickle Tarn, or by a variety of routes from Grasmere village. For this particular walk to Sergeant Man I chose to ascend via Easedale Tarn as this is one of my favourite shorter low level walks from Grasmere.

Starting from the village of Grasmere, take the lane that leads up to Easedale Tarn which is a good straightforward walk. There are more details of this section of the walk and photographs on my ‘Easedale Tarn walk’.

Sergeant Man From Easedale Tarn

On arriving at Easedale Tarn, you will see the rugged mountain scenery that is from right to left Tarn Crag, Slapestone Edge and Bells Knott on the opposite side of the tarn. On a quiet day for Lake District weather and smooth waters upon the tarn, the serenity and peacefulness of the setting is wonderful with the mountains reflected within the cold waters.

Leaving the tarn behind us and continuing upon our walk to Sergeant Man, we follow the clearly marked footpath which meanders its way upwards between the lofty heights of Bells Knott on your right and Blea Crag on your left. Here underfoot the ground can be sodden due to the large rainwater catchment area.

As you ascend from the tarn making your way towards the crossroads at Blea Rigg, do take the time to look back as the views are absolutely stunning and get better and better as you climb higher and higher towards our ultimate destination of Sergent Man. The upward path climbs here and can be arduous whilst on occasion turning to stepping stones as you cross wet patches of ground. In general the path follows the stream on your right so at this point it is easy to navigate.

After leaving Easedale Tarn, the first crossroads you will arrive at, will take you down and around Codale Tarn and then onwards to the summit of Sergeant Man, although we continued on towards the crossroads at Blea Rigg. At the crossroads we took the right hand path.

The path to the summit is clearly marked out as you cross with relative ease along the small grassy footpath, passing the 50 foot slab of rock mentioned by Wainwright. Now simply follow the track as you make your final steps to the summit which should be clearly visible before you and maybe lunch.

Should the Lake District weather be kind to you now here you will be rewarded with some great Lakeland vistas worthy of any walk you will undertake and you should see some of the famous high peaks of the Lake District. On a bad day they may be shrouded in mist and cloud. Below the summit of Sergeant Man Stickle Tarn should be clearly visible weather permitting.

The Summit Of Sergeant Man

Whilst at the summit of Sergeant Man you should be able to clearly discern the famous fell of High Rise but a short distance away, should you wish to bag another of the 214 Wainwright fells.

Making our way back to Grasmere we chose to return to the crossroads at Blea Rigg and then onwards, continuing along the higher ground towards Castle How. The high ground of Blea Rigg offer great views looking down upon the 3 local tarns and the village of Grasmere.

There are 3 possible descents from this point with the first putting you back down towards Easedale Tarn and the third putting you back near the village centre. We chose on this occasion to take the second pathway following Blindtarn Gill.

This path is poorly marked and resulted in some off track rambling through lots of bracken and small shrubs. With good weather the farm buildings at the bottom of the path were clearly visible. Aiming for them, we soon reached this point and our original path we had commenced our walk upon.

Should you wish to see better quality photographs of this Sergeant Man walk please visit Sergeant Man Walk on our Lake District Walks Flickr account.

Sergeant Man Walk Video

There is an abundance of walks from Grasmere and Sergeant Man is a great high level walk to enjoy.

Helm Crag Walk

Helm Crag Staircase

Helm Crag Staircase

Helm Crag Walk

Helm Crag, near Grasmere

Grade: 3 Approximate length: 8 Miles

Despite Helm Crag Walk being of low height (approx 1,328ft) it sits prominently at the end of a ridge, easily seen from the village of Grasmere. This combined with the distinctive summit rocks at the south east end of the summit ridge, which provide the alternative name, ‘The Lion and the Lamb’ makes it one of the most recognised hills in the area, with the term Helm meaning ‘cloud capped hill’.

Alfred Wainwright wrote of Helms Crag walk that “The virtues of Helm Crag have not been lauded enough. It gives an exhilarating little climb, a brief essay in real mountaineering, and, in a region where all is beautiful, it makes a notable contribution to the charms and attractions of Grasmere”.

This is the only Wainwright that the man himself never summited due to the tricky nature of this final rocky climb.

Helm Crag walk offers a varied array of Lakeland scenery, with wooded glades, spring blue bells, rocky out crops and open fells covered with ferns dependent on time of year.

Starting from Easedale Road within the village of Grasmere, follow the road whilst crossing over Easedale Beck. Pass the road sign posted Youth Hostel on your right and continue upon the road until the road turns sharply to the right.

Helm Crag Walk

I should point out that at this point there are 2 possible routes you may take, whilst this particular walk will follow the Lancrigg route as opposed to the Far Easdale and Helm Crag walk footpath.

Having rounded the sharp bend coming into view you should see a footbridge on your left which would take you to Easdale Tarn. Continue on the road keeping to your right until the road divides, taking the Lancrigg road, where it is possible to enjoy refreshments, such as teas, coffees and light lunches at Lancrigg Vegetarian Country House Hotel.

Taking the track to the front of the house you will pass through 2 gates and into a wooded area where the path is clearly marked. Keeping to the path follow this as it meanders through the wood and gently climbs upwards and through the woods. The track will traverse the farm fields with a dry stone wall to your left, whilst you walk upon level ground before passing through a gate.

The height of Helm Crag walk will now become apparent as it rises to your right, with a steep climb to come. You will arrive at what I can only explain with similarities to a stone staircase, although this staircase rises considerable higher and when wet can be slippery. On reaching the top turn left following the track which is clearly visible and this will take you to the summit.

On reaching the summit this is an ideal stop for refreshments, although it can be windy and you will be rewarded with stunning views of Grasmere below and the main road between Keswick and Grasmere but a threaded black line in the valley bottom.

Helm Crag Walk

Follow the ridge from Helm Crag walk as it gently swings around to descend towards Far Easdale where you simply follow the track downwards, although in places it is not so visible. Having descended you will join the footpath from Far Easdale and turning left follow this footpath down Far Easedale Gill which will bring you back to Easedale House and the road back to Grasmere.

It is possible when you join Far Easdale Gill footpath to turn right and continue over to Easdale Tarn should you desire to extend your walk, weather and time permitting.

Please note that our walk description of Great How, like any outdoor activity can be extremely dangerous and can result in permanent disability or even loss of life. Participants should be aware and except these risks whilst being responsible for their own safety. Always seek advice and information before embarking on any outdoor activity.

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