English Lake District
Alfred Wainwright on the Easedale Fells
Wainwright's Pictorial Guide to the Central Fells has chapters on each of the Easedale Fells - Helm Crag, Tarn Crag, Gibson Knott, Sergeant Man, Blea Rigg, High Raise and Calf Crag.
OS Maps of the Easedale Fells
If you are planning a walk around the Easedale Fells, the ordnance survey maps for this area are The English Lakes: South-eastern Area (OS Explorer Map Series) and The English Lakes: South-western Area (OS Explorer Map Series)
The Easedale Fells
Easedale Tarn, Sour Milk Gill, and Tarn Crag
The fells of Easedale rise up to the north and west of the Vale of Grasmere. Easedale itself is a lush area of green farmland fields where a number of mountain streams meet to form the beautiful Easedale Beck, which soon joins with the River Rothay just north of Grasmere village.
Tarn Crag seen from Easedale
Tarn Crag seen across Easedale Tarn
In the upper part of the valley is Easedale Tarn, a flat sheet of water below the arc of Tarn Crag which towers impressively above. Tarn Crag is joined by a fascinating ridge which which drops down to Far Easedale on the other side. Walkers who visit Easedale Tarn can enjoy a scenic path beside the thunderous Sour Milk Gill which pours white water down the steep slopes of the rocky riverbed when in full force.
Looking down on Easedale Tarn from the summit of Tarn Crag
Blea Rigg and Sergeant Man
Above Easedale Tarn to the south and west, there is the ridge of Blea Rigg above the rock walls of Blea and Eagle crag. This ridge rises steeply as it travels west, passing above a high shelf containing Codale Tarn to north, and eventually reaching the coned peak of Sergeant Man.
Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, and Calf Crag
Looking down on Helm Crag from the summit of Tarn Crag
On the northern side of Far Easedale is a third ridge. This starts at Helms Crag, and goes west passing Gibson Knott before reaching Calf Crag. After Calf Crag the ridge disappears as the valleys on both sides rise to a higher level. There is an interesting route from here that goes up in a south westerly direction to the summit of Sergeant Man.
View of Calf Crag with the Helvellyn range back right.
High Raise and High White Stones
Looking across the slopes of High Raise with Great Gable in the distance.
Beyond Sergeant Man to the north west, the ground levels out somewhat and there is a gentle gradient of curving moorland across to the summit of High Raise and High White Stones. This is regarded by many as the most central Lake District height, and offers a spectacular panoramic view of many of the Lakeland Fells in the national park.
View towards Easedale Tarn from the Howitzer on Helm Crag. Blea Rigg and Eagle Crag can also be seen on the left.
Looking down on Easedale from Tarn Crag.
Sour Milk Gill from Easedale.
Helm Crag from Easedale Road.
Helm Crag's Lion and the Lamb seen from the Howitzer
View of The Howitzer, Helm Crag summit.
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