Sergeant Man is a fell in the English Lake District but is properly
a secondary summit of High Raise. It is given a separate chapter by
Alfred Wainwright in his third Pictorial Guide nonetheless, as it "is so
prominent an object and offers so compelling a challenge". Its rocky
cone is indeed in great contrast to the grassy dome of High Raise.
Sergeant Man lies a third of a mile to the south east of the parent
fell and is the pivotal point for a complex system of ridges radiating
eastward from High Raise.
South east, passing between Codale and
Stickle Tarns is the broad spur leading to Blea Rigg, Silver How and
Sitting above Codale Tarn is the rocky subsidiary top
of Codale Head, a grandchild of High Raise. From here further ridges run
east to Tarn Crag and north east to Calf Crag and the circuit of
Steep ground falls
away to the south of Sergeant Man, down to the valley of Bright Beck the
main feeder of Stickle Tarn. All water from this flank flows to Great
East of the summit between the Tarn Crag and Blea Rigg
ridges, lie Codale Tarn and the headwaters of Easedale, streams bound
To the north of Sergeant Man are the upper
gathering grounds of Wythburndale, which flow via Thirlmere to the sea
The area between Sergeant Man and Codale Head has a rash of small
tarns, but the summit area is otherwise reasonably dry. The final cone
is most easily climbed via a ridge on the northern side and has good all
round views except where obscured by High Raise.
The popular ways
up Sergeant Man are either from Great Langdale via Stickle Tarn, or by a
variety of routes from Grasmere village.
These can take in the
Blea Rigg, Tarn Crag or Calf Crag ridges, or ascend via Far Easedale or
Easedale Tarn. The latter route takes the walker past Belles Knott, a
striking feature near Codale Tarn. From below it appears as a sharp
peak, etched against the skyline, but from above an easy grassy
promenade is revealed behind.
routes near Sergeant Man