Sergeant’s Crag

Published 14 June 2020

Sergeant’s Crag, seen from Eagle Crag. With High Raise in the background too.

One whole day after visiting Borrowdale to climb Grange Fell, we were back in Borrowdale to do a kind of horseshoe walk around Ullscarf. After alighting the bus at Stonethwaite, we climbed Eagle Crag and then carried on to Sergeant’s Crag.

One of the issues with writing about walking Wainwrights, is that you can easily end up being a bit repetitive. To take one idle example, I’ve mentioned clay in one form or other, three times. And I’ve lost track about how many times I’ve ended up wittering on about fell names. Although, hmm, Sergeant’s Crag? Now what on earth is all that about?

But the reality is that it’s actually quite hard to come up with 214 fresh and innovative takes about someone walking up a hill. Especially when you don’t really have much source material to work with in the first place.

Climbing up Sergeant’s Crag

Take the walk between Eagle Crag and Sergeant’s Crag for example. It’s a half mile walk, mostly alongside a wall. That doesn’t give me much to go on. But I’ll give it a go.

One side of the wall was nice and grassy looking. The other was rather muddy and full of heather. Catherine asked me did we need to cross the wall. I said no. She said that was a shame because the other side looked much nicer.

That’s the extent of the anecdote I can regale you with. I could probably pad it out a little if I tried, but no way am I getting 1,000 words out of it. Nope.

Approaching the top of Sergeant’s Crag

Okay. What else can we say about Sergeant’s Crag? Well it’s a bit rocky and there’s lots of heather. Although I’m rather repeating myself because I’ve mentioned heather already, but hey, it’s inching me closer to some sort of 500 word utopia.

It was, however, slow going. We may only have needed to walk half a mile, but it felt a very long half a mile. A bit like this piece of writing really. It really was a half a mile that really seemed to drag on. And on. And on.

Looking up Langstrath from Sergeant’s Crag

At least there were the views to enjoy. We were now getting away from the splendid panoramas towards Borrowdale, but Sergeant’s Crag was well sited for a great view up the Langstrath valley, with the awesome sight of Bow Fell dominating the view there. Inevitably there were some clouds on the tops.

No clouds at the summit of Sergeant’s Crag though! Mind, at 571m in height, you wouldn’t expect that much. And so when we made it to the rocky summit tor, there was much to see and do. Especially if all you wanted to do was sit in the middle of the path with a large stone column on your left, and some rocks on your right. Like you were sitting in some sort of U shape. A bit like the stone towers that surround the Eye of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings, but without the eye. And much much smaller.

Ah. Excellent. Lord of the Rings. Now that’s something I’ve never written about in relation to Wainwrights. With over a hundred of them still to go, and therefore over a hundred still to write about, that fact may well be worth knowing…

Next time: Ullscarf

Reclining at the top of Sergeant’s Crag

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