Monday 15th August 2011

 

Start Point : Grasmere (NY 336 074)

                   

Distance : 10.0 miles        Height Ascended : 820 metres

 

Route Map

 

 

The Langdale Pikes silhouetted against the early morning cloud in Langdale.

 

The footbridge across Far Easedale Gill by Stythwaite Steps……………….

 

………………and the stepping stones for the more adventurous.

 

Easedale Tarn.

 

Tarn Crag.

 

Belles Knott - the 'Matterhorn' of Easedale.

 

Belles Knott.

 

The pitched path alongside the falls turns into an easy scramble hereabouts.

 

A look back down to Easedale Tarn.

 

Similar view from slightly higher.

 

Codale Tarn.

The sheepfold  under Lang Crag.

 

On the approach to the summit of Tarn Crag the tops of the Langdale Pikes come into view for the first time.

 

Codale Tarn - the grassy hummock to its left is the top of Belles Knott.

 

Looking across to Blea Rigg from the cairn marking the top of Tarn Crag…………..

 

 …………………………and towards the tops of The Pikes.

 

The top of Tarn Crag gives a  great view down Easedale and beyond.

 

The northerly aspect all the way through to Blencathra from the top of Deer Bields Crag.

 

Once the boundary posts on the ridge are found the route to the top of Sergeant man is straightforward - here looking to Ullscarf.

 

The Helvellyn ridge over Calf Crag and Stell Fell.

 

Sergeant Man from the east.

 

The tops of Pavey Ark, Harrison Stickle and Sergeant Man from my approach from the east.

 

The first glimpse of Stickle Tarn - in the distance the skies over the Coniston Fells look ominous.

 

Sergeant Man summit cairn.

 

Rain clouds approaching………….

 

………………………..but Bow Fell and Esk Pike still remain clear.

 

Something catches Martha’s interest.

 

Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark from the path between Sergeant Man and Blea Rigg - dramatic skies further south.

 

Looking back to Sergeant Man.

 

Stickle Tarn, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark from the western slopes of Blea Rigg.

 

The Pikes over one of the many pools on Blea Rigg.

 

Codale Tarn and Easedale Tarn.

 

The main Helvellyn ridge, Seat Sandal and Fairfield over Easedale Tarn from the summit of Blea Rigg…………..

 

……………………and a slight variation.

 

The top of the grassy rake leading down to Easedale Tarn....................and then the rains came.

 

The white waters at the top of the aptly named Sourmilk Gill.

 

Easedale after the rain.

 

Sourmilk Gill - Tarn Crag on the skyline.