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.

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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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Fairfield Walks Near Grasmere

Fairfield Walks, Horseshoe, Grasmere

Fairfield Walks, Horseshoe, Grasmere

Fairfield Walks

Fairfield Walks, near Grasmere

Grade: 1 Approximate length: 9 Miles

Fairfield or more commonly known as the Fairfield Horseshoe is a classic Lakeland walk. As the name implies, the route follows the long horse shoe ridge, whose centre ‘nail’ is the summit of Fairfield, which runs around the valley of the Rydal Beck to the north – west of Ambleside.

There are many points where you may start a Fairfield Walks such as from Great Rigg, Seat Sandal, or Heron Pike, either way prepare, yourself for some really spectacular views and a long walk. You could also continue on to Dollywaggon Pike, Grisedale Forest, St Sunday Crag, or even end up at Ambleside.

Should you be staying for several days in the Grasmere area, then I would firstly recommend a walk to Easdale Tarn walks and Alcock Tarn walks, reason being whilst enjoying Farirfield walks on a good day you will have fantastic views of your previously completed walks. I would also point out at this stage that Fairfield walks is more of a hike than a walk.

This Fairfield walks starts from the village of Grasmere and proceed from the centre of the village making your way towards the A591 being the main road from Keswick to Ambleside. Should you wish to enjoy a visit to Wordsworth’s Dove cottage first thing in the morning before embarking on this walk, then Dove cottage is very close by and well worth a visit. Upon reaching the A591 make your way towards the Swan Hotel and taking the road to the right of the hotel as you look directly at the hotel, keep walking until you see a signpost for Greenhead Gill and Alcock Tarn also on your right.

Fairfield Walks

Continue up this pleasant country lane, with the stream to your right, until you reach the gate with the sign post for Stone Arthur and Alcock Tarn. Turning left follow the clearly marked footpath as you start climbing upwards towards Stone Arthur, keeping the stonewall on the left. This is a rather rewarding ascent whilst also steep, great fun and good exercise. Once clear of the trees you will be rewarded with some stunning views of Grasmere.

Stone Arthur is a good place to stop for a drink or light refreshments as Great Rigg and the summit of Fairfield are exposed and can be windy even on a calm still day.

Keep going until you reach the rocky peak of Stone Arthur, an excellent viewpoint, and then carry on along the ridge. You are now gently climbing to the summit of Great Rigg. Once you reach Great Rigg you will have an excellent view over the Rydal Beck valley and beyond.

Fairfield Walks

Walk down into the valley beyond Great Rigg then climb back up to the peak of Fairfield. On arrival at the summit of Fairfield within view will be Helvelyn, Grisedale Tarn, Ullswater Lake, Rydal Water and Windermere Lake.

Follow the path to the left from the summit following a line of stones continuing down the valley to Grisedale Hause (which is the low point between Fairfield and Seat Sandal), ahead to the right of you, you will see Grisedale Tarn. This foot path is not the easiest to find although once again look out for the small stone piles. The path is loose stones and can be slippery so take care. When you reach Grisedale Hause take a left turn when you find a gap in the old stonewall following a rough but clearly marked path down the left side of Tongue Gill. This is a nice even decent with a easily visible path.  As the ridge ends on your right there will be a footbridge over the river. Cross over and take a left along a clear track until you reach the A591 and turning left you are but a short walk back to the Swan Hotel where Fairfield Walks started.

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Alcock Tarn Walks, Grasmere

Alcock Tarn Walks, Near Grasmere

Alcock Tarn Walks, Near Grasmere

Alcock Tarn Walks

Alcock Tarn and Heron Pike near Grasmere

Grade: 3 Approximate length: 4 Miles

Alcock Tarn walks lies 1000 feet above Grasmere village on the western flanks of Heron Pike, whilst originally a natural tarn named Butter Crags Tarn, until the late 19th Century when Mr Alcock of The Hollins in Grasmere enlarged the tarn by means of a small stone and earth dam to create a trout lake.

It is well worth the effort of climbing 1000 feet from Grasmere, being a rather attractive tarn with grassy banks and some reed beds around the edge. The views to the south and west, with Grasmere in the valley below are stunning.

Leaving the village of Grasmere, make your way towards the A591 and the Swan Hotel. Traveling from Keswick to Ambleside on the A591 you will pass the Swan Hotel on your left and some 600 yards after you will find a convenient layby, wherein you may currently park free.

Alcock Tarn Walks

Following the road to the immediate right of the Swan Hotel make your way up this country lane leaving Grasmere behind you. On the right hand side you will see Greenhead Gill and Alcock Tarn walks clearly signposted. As the road makes its way gently uphill there will be a stream upon your right. Immediately in front of you there will be a gate when you reach the end of the road, passing through the gate follow the arrow to your right.

Follow the footpath up the hill then go right over the footbridge across Greenhead Gill. You will then see a well looked after footpath with yellow arrows bending to the right and steeply uphill between Heron Pike and Grey Crag. Traveling upwards with the stone wall to your right the path divides, whilst taking the path to your right this will take you to Alcock Tarn. You will first find a smaller tarn full of reeds with Alcock Tarn just beyond it.

Should you wish for a longer more strenuous walk, where the path divides in 2, simply continue along the other path following Greenhead path. This is a seldom used path and eventually disappears, although you will come to a small beck feeding Greenhead Gill on your right which I suggest you take climbing as high as you can then travers back towards Alcock Tarn. This route will allow you to drop down onto the tarn with enhanced views of the surrounding area.

You can walk along the right hand side to the end of Alcock Tarn. Head towards a gap in the dry stone wall go through the gap and keep walking along the rocky outcrop, an excellent view of Grasmere becomes visible below you. Follow the path steeply downhill passing through a gate then keep walking with the wall on your left hand side. This path leads you into a wooded area, the path swings to the left and pass through another gate in a fence then a gate in a wall. The footpath now continues between two walls, continue down until you reach the public road.

Alcock Tarn Walk

If you turn right at this point you will drop downhill pass Dove Cottage to reach the A591 and opposite is the road back into Grasmere village.

Please note that our walks description of Alcock Tarn walks, 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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Easedale Tarn Walks, Grasmere

Easedale Tarn

Easedale Tarn

Easedale Tarn

Easedale Tarn, near Grasmere

Grade: 3 Approximate length: 5 Miles

Easedale Tarn is approximately 910 feet above sea level.

I am no literary genius, or new age poet, I stake no claim to be a modern Wainwright, although Easedale Tarn Grasmere happens to be one of my favourite walks. This particular walk once loved by Wordsworth and his wife Mary, is a must should, you be staying in Grasmere.

This is a very popular low level walk, with an exceptional feel of being in the mountains, whilst an easy walk to follow but with a steep climb to Easedale Tarn itself, with some rough ground on the decent, depending on your return route. The Tarns outflow is Sourmilk Gill, named after the milky white waterfalls, which run east towards Grasmere. The Gill displays impressive water scenery when seen from Grasmere, and from the footpath to the tarn.

At this point I have to recommend the purchase of an Ordnance Survey map, having recently walked this footpath, whilst being spoilt for choice, should you wish to extend you’re walk.  On reaching Easedale Tarn you could continue on to Helm Crag, Sergeant Man, High Raise, Langdale Pikes, and Silver How.

Easedale Tarn walks, there and back again is around 5 miles depending where you start from in Grasmere, whilst it is also possible on reaching the tarn to walk completely around its shores. At the point where the beck leaves the tarn is a good spot for lunch, or a snack break, whilst taking in the stunning scenery.

Starting from the main visitor car park in the village of Grasmere, turn right leaving the car park heading towards the church of St Oswald church which is worthy of a slight detour. Following the road as it meanders through Grasmere you will come to Easedale Road on your left with a stone sign set within a dry stone wall near the bus stop. Follow the road out of the village and cross over Easedale Beck. Pass the road signposted Youth Hostel on your right continuing on until the road turns sharply to the right.

Easedale Tarn

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

Having rounded the sharp bend coming into view you should see a footbridge on your left where you leave the road. Take the footpath, crossing the bridge follow the track alongside the river in the direction of the waterfall, which you should be able to see ahead of you.

Prior to crossing Blindtarn Gill the footpath divides into two, take the left hand footpath keeping the river to your right and do not cross the stone bridge. Keeping to the track you will commence to gently climb with the footpath dividing into two once again, take the right hand path and do not enter the field.  Crossing Blindtarn Gill continue along the track which then climbs a slope on the left of the Sourmilk Gill, dependent upon recent rain volumes you will have a great view of the water falls as you climb on you’re right. Walk between Ecton and Brinhowe Crags which will gradually climb to the bottom of Easedale Tarn, opening on to the tarn and maybe lunch.

Depending on levels of fitness, you may walk around the tarn, return by the same route, or in the alternative return via Far Easedale Gill.

Easedale Tarn

To return via Far Easedale, as the beck leaves the tarn cross on the stepping stones and on the far side of the valley drop back down along a rough footpath. The path is clear to begin with but becomes obscure and marshy in places as it crosses a feeder to the beck. You will now climb over the neck of Ecton Crag and drop back down in the direction of Far Easedale Gill. The route isn’t perfectly clear at this point, but there are the odd yellow arrows just to let you know you are on the right route.

Keep going until you reach the footpath over the Gill, here there is a footbridge crossing Far Easedale beck, then turn right following the clearly marked track until you reach the road, following the road you should find yourself back at the start of the walk.

Please note that our walk description of Easedale Tarn walks, 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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