Not sure why I picked this walk straight after the last one. Looking at ascents up a fell, Yewbarrow and Eagle Crag are two of the most fearsome in the district. From my list I’m only missing Sharp Edge on Blencathra and I’d have had a hattrick on this holiday. Now here comes a warning, do your homework on Eagle Crag if you are ascending up the front, and don’t get distracted on your walk. I did and ended up in a bit of a mess. I did everything right, got to the stile (which has been renewed), then found the bottom of the shute up past the rowan tree. Then took a walk out to the viewing point, all good so far, then tried to ascend from there, wondering why it looked a bit dicey. So I descended towards Eagle Crag on the Greenup side, I found a shelf and a diagonal ascent, more by knees than feet. It was a mess, and all because I’d forgotten to return back to the top of the shute above the rowan tree. Its in the guides and also on the Wainwright routes website (Eagle crag route 1). For those not wanting exposure and potential danger there is another way up, keep heading up Greenup Gill to level with Eagle Crag and set out across the moraines, up along a wall to the saddle between Eagle Crag and Sergeant’s Crag, its far easier.
Once at the top of Eagle Crag the walk from there is fairly easy, across to Sergeant’s Crag, then head to Long Crag and pick your path, either under the face or over the top. Then find Greenup Edge, it gets boggy after Long Crag, follow the path as it winds through pools and bogs, use common sense to stay away from the worst of it and then start the easy drag up to Ullscarf. From Ullscarf pick out High Saddle, cross the fence and Low Saddle is next, again from here it gets horrid, its a boggy mess, through heather, just do the best you can and look for high ground above Dock Tarn. Descend to the tarn and turn left down Willygrass Gill and Lingy End, through steep woods and stepped paths. Don’t miss out on a well earned pint at the Langstrath Inn, you’ve earned it, I certainly did.
Start – Stonethwaite
Route – Stonethwaite Beck – Eagle Crag – Sergeant’s Crag – Long Crag – Greenup Edge – Ullscarf – High Saddle – Low Saddle – Green Combe – Dock Tarn – Lingy End – Stonethwaite
Distance – 8.5 miles Start time – 8am Time taken – 6hrs 30mins Highest Point – Ullscarf 726metres
Weather – Sunny, clouds and breezy, some drips of rain/hail around Long Crag