Sergeant Man and High Raise

Length 13 Kilometres | Highest point 762 metres

Sergeant Man 730m, 2394ft, GR 286089
High Raise (Langdale) 762m, 2499ft, GR 281095


High Raise is an elongated plateau considered by many to be the centre of the Lake District. It commands a fine panoramic view from Blencathra westwards round to Helvellyn, reaching as far north as Criffel and south to Ingleborough. In contrast, its neighbour Sergeant Man is a compact, rocky knoll and a circuit of both tops from Grasmere offers a fine mountain walk mostly on good paths.

From the car park in Easedale Road (GR 334081) turn right along the road to a footbridge and follow signs to Easedale Tarn. A large boulder and iron bench mark the site of the refreshment hut which once stood here to serve visitors to the tarn. Climb steadily up the track with the stream to your right. At a cairn (GR 292085) turn right. (It is worth continuing ahead for some metres to enjoy the views over Stickle Tarn far below). Return to the path which now rises amongst rocky outcrops to reach the summit of Sergeant Man.

Wetherlam from Sergeant Man
Wetherlam from Sergeant Man

The trig point marking the summit of High Raise, though not visible from Sergeant Man, lies some 800 metres away across open moorland. Head NW, keeping left of an iron post standing out from a pile of stones ahead, to reach a track leading to the trig point (6km, 590m, 2hr 45min). From here, descend NNE alongside the remains of a boundary fence to join the Borrowdale to Grasmere path in the dip of Greenup Edge. Follow this path right towards Grasmere, crossing a boggy depression to reach a hause at the head of Far Easedale. A good track leads back down this valley to Grasmere (13km, 5hr 30min).

From the head of Far Easedale, this circuit can be continued over Calf Crag, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag. An alternative ascent from Grasmere can be made up the ridge between Easedale and Far Easedale, over Tarn Crag.