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Tarn crag by the east ridge and around High Raise

9th May 2015


  A591 - Low Mill Bridge - Lancrigg - Stythwaite Steps - Tarn Crag - Codale Head - Sergeant Man - High Raise - Greenup Edge - Lining Crag - Greenup Edge - Brownrigg Moss - Steel Fell - Helmside - A591

(about 11.3 miles 3400ft ascent)


As of Friday evening both Sue and I had other plans for the weekend but a change in circumstances meant that we could both go for a walk on Saturday so in the space of a twenty minute phone call a plan was cobbled together for a walk taking in three new Wainwright tops and even a bonus Birkett

The weather was dull but dry but forecasted to improve during the day ( which it did ). Unlike last time I got across the stepping stones near Low Mill Bridge without falling in.

Mossy old wall in the lane by Thorney How hostel.

Looking up to Tarn crag and our ascent route up the ridge to the right.

 Heading into Far Easedale.

And looking back down Far Easedale

A bridge has replaced the steps of Stythwaite steps.

The famous tree growing out of a rock.

 Typically the only strong wind of the day blew when we were climbing the ridge up to Tarn Crag so we bypassed the very edge. .

Easedale Tarn from the col before the final climb.

Lots of new lambs out today and they all hid behind their mothers when they saw us coming.

  The final pull to the top.

Windermere from the top.

We could see something shining in the distance so had a zoom in and found it was a building near the tower in Blackpool. You can just make out the " big one" ( roller coaster ) to the right of the tower.

The sun was trying it's best to shine especially over Seat Sandal and St. Sunday Crag.

Coledale Tarn with the Coniston fells behind.

Windermere again from Coledale Head.

Looking down Stickle Tarn from Sergeant Man.

Bowfell with the Great Slab beneath.


Panorama from High Raise (clicking makes it bigger )

Lovely dappled light on Steel Fell and the fells beyond.

We dropped down to Greenup Edge then had the novel experience of walking down to the summit of Lining Crag.

Whilst we were having a break on Lining Crag we were joined by Susan from Brisbane who was walking the coast to coast path. She had an interesting day after going astray for an impromptu visit to Dock Tarn and then fell and banged her head quite badly on the return to the correct path. we couldn't leave her to fend for herself so we walked with her back over Greenup Edge and down to the top of the path heading down to Grasmere. We saw her later arriving at her B and B and wished her well for the rest of her adventure.

The way not to go if you are heading for Grasmere: the Wythburn valley.

It's was very boggy crossing the low ground just before the path descends to Far Easedale

And that's the path descending Far Easedale.

We turned left and headed for Steel Fell passing Brownrigg Tarn on the way.

Looking down to Greenburn with Helm Crag to the right.

Thirlmere with Blencathra in the distance from Steel Fell.

Just as the weatherman had said the day was ending beautifully.

Sue on the steep drop down Steel fell

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