Eagle Crag is a fell in the Lake District and is situated near the
village of Stonethwaite where the valleys of Langstrath and Greenup
Impressive walls of crag look down upon Stonethwaite,
making Eagle Crag the most arresting sight from that settlement. It can
be climbed direct by the average walker, picking a route between the
The fell has not
been given an official height by the Ordnance Survey and is given
various heights by several other sources ranging between 520 and 525 metres.
Eagle Crag is part of the craggy termination of the northern ridge
of the higher fell of High Raise and it presents a spectacular sight
when viewed from the Stonethwaite valley.
It is linked to
Sergeant's Crag which is just under a kilometre away to the south by a
ridge along which runs a dry stone wall which acts as navigation guide
for walkers between the two tops.
A small cairn marks the summit,
balanced on a tilted slab of rock, with crags a few yards distant to
west and north. A corner in the dry stone wall is a couple of minutes
walk away southward.
The view from the top of the fell is best to
the north and west with Borrowdale and the Langstrath valley and the
fells around them being well seen.
Eagle Crag is invariably
climbed from Stonethwaite and can be combined with the higher fells of
High Raise and Ullscarf as well as the nearby Sergeant’s Crag.
direct ascent of the fell seems to be impossible when it is viewed from
the Stonethwaite valley, with vertical walls of crags seemingly barring
the way, however a route can be found through the crags to attain the
Descents by this route are not recommended
because of the dangerous crags which cannot be seen from above.
An easier ascent follows the bridleway up Greenup Gill; this well-blazed
trail is part of Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk.
leaves the bridleway at height of 330 metres and attains the fell by
cutting back on itself and climbing steep grassy slopes to the summit.
routes near Eagle Crag