Distance: 10 miles 16k
Grade: Strenuous. Note: The path down from Sergeant Man to Easedale Tarn was not in a robust state when the route was checked in August. Challengingly enough after wet weather it would be very difficult in snow and ice.
Map by kind permission of Johnston Press
This quiet lane takes you below the well-known Helm Crag surmounted with its striking rock formations to bring you after a mile to Ghyll Foot a typical whitewashed Lakeland farmhouse.
At the next bend where the lane bears right towards Town Head turn left onto a tarmac drive that climbs uphill to a pair of properties.
Go through a gate after the second house placing you on Green Burn, National Trust land. Here bear right onto a path that leads steeply and unrelentingly up the southeast ridge of Steel Fell.
If you find you need to pause look behind you - the view towards the Vale of Grasmere is one of the most attractive in the District. How long it takes you to get to the top will depend on how many pauses you took. The summit is adorned by a modest cairn and a fence post.
There now follows a mile and a half of bog trotting as you traverse a broad ridge to Calf Crag with an old fence to keep you on track.
Calf Crag is slightly off the main line of travel but offers fine views down Far Easedale.
to reach Mere Beck below Broadstone Head. Turn left before the stream and follow it
climbing to Coledale Head on an intermittent path. As you do so you might reflect that as well as on the border of long lost counties this area is a watershed between rivers draining north towards the Solway Firth and those draining south towards Morecambe Bay. Once on Coledale Head the way to the summit of High Raise with its shelter and trig point will be visible to the north west a little under half a mile away.
From its summit a clear path leads down south eastwards offering views of Langdale and especially Stickle Tarn below Pavey Ark. At about half a mile look for a cairn marking the junction of the path to Easedale Tarn almost 1000ft below.
Turn left onto this soon picking your way down a challenging path. This route leads past the tarn and then onto the village. If you have got this far you will not require further direction.