Eagle Crag and High Raise

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From the village of Stonethwaite, Eagle Crag looms as a large and formidable buttress dividing the entrances to Langstrath and Stonethwaite Valleys. There is however, a path to summit for those adventurous to try and they will be rewarded for their efforts by an excellent view back through the valleys towards High Spy, Maiden Moor and Castle Rigg. Be warned though, the first section up Eagle Crag is a straight line climb on a path next to a wall, which gains height very fast. The second section picks the way through boulders and buttresses to the summit.

Having rested, it is a little under half a mile due south to Sergeant's Crag. From Sergeant's Crag, if the visibility is poor, you will need to understand your map, again heading off south for about half a mile before taking a line to Long Crag and through to and over Low White Stones. There is little evidence of a path over this section. At Low White Stones follow the path right to the summit of High Raise. At 762 metres it is not the highest point in the Lake District but it is argued that it is the most central point. There are excellent views 360 degrees around (if you are standing in the cloud reading this, I promise there is), so much so that Wainwright devotes three pages to the outline of the views. Care is needed leaving the trig point at the summit to ensure you take the right path to take you to Stake Pass and right, down the Cumbrian Way, back along Langstrath Beck and to the start.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West

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Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Pub, Waterfall, Wildlife

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