Sergeant Man, High Raise and the Langdales

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Sergeant Man, High Raise and the Langdales is a 10.0 kilometer loop trail located near Ambleside, Cumbria, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 10.0 km Elevation Gain: 750 m Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

This route to Stickle Tarn is not the usual one. This avoids the crowds alongside Stickle Ghyll by following a shepherds track alongside Tarncrag Ghyll, which can be done as a ghyll scramble if preferred. The initial climb is steep but flattens out around the half-way stage where there is an old walled enclosure. Tarncrag Ghyll hereabouts is an absolute delight. After photographing the classic views across Stickle Tarn, Bright Beck is followed. The path swings away on higher ground to join the one from Easedale to reach Sergeant Man with its prominent conical shape dominating the skyline. Usually it is a quick and straightforward route to High Raise, but on this occasion due to deep drifted snow with deep hidden hollows it took longer than normal. All was dark and dismal on reaching the windshelter and trig point. The route to Thunacar Knott was a lot easier with no hidden 'traps'. After lunch near Pavey Ark the final summit of the day was Harrison Stickle but unfortunately without suitable lighting the views were not great. The descent was down the Pike Howe track which follows above the impressive, if not scary, Dundgeon Ghyll ravine. On this occasion it certainly felt like 'on the edge' on account of the snow filled minuscule path. The crux is where a small gully crosses and here was a near vertical wall of snow which had to be traversed. Crampons and ice axe were deployed before risking this manoeuvre. It is also the point where there have been fatalities, so beware. The day brightened after this which made up for an overcast middle of the walk.