Eagle Crag and Ullscarf Walk

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18.3 km
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855 m
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Eagle Crag and Ullscarf Walk

The Eagle Crag and Ullscarf Walk is a tough yet rewarding journey through some rough and rugged Lake District terrain. While out on the trail, you will make your way through the valley alongside Stonethwaite Beck and climb uphill to traverse the summits of Eagle Crag, Sergeant’s Crag, and Ullscarf, passing by several tarns on the way back to the starting point of the walk. This lengthy adventure is geared more towards experienced walkers, but if you can handle the rough terrain, you will be rewarded with spectacular views.

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Route Description for Eagle Crag and Ullscarf Walk

Due to the variety of terrain, longer distance, and ultra-scenic vistas, the Eagle Crag and Ullscarf Walk is a popular excursion with seasoned walkers and casuals looking for a more challenging route. Beginning at the YHA Borrowdale, the trail will take you across the River Derwent and turn to the southeast, following closely alongside Stonethwaite Beck as it winds through the valley floor. Eventually, the trail will turn more to the south and begin the steep climb up to the summit of Eagle Crag, where you will enjoy some nice views over the valley that you just passed through. From here, you will continue along the ridge to the south and traverse the summit of Sergeant’s Crag before turning to the north on the ascent of Ullscarf. After making your way across the rugged peak of the mountain, follow the trail downhill to skirt around the shores of Blea Tarn and continue north to eventually arrive in the village of Watendlath. Here, you can grab a cup of tea at the Caffle House Tearooms before following the trail west around the shores of Watendlath Tarn on the return leg of the walk back to the car park.

Getting to the Eagle Crag and Ullscarf Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Eagle Crag and Ullscarf Walk from Keswick, head to the southeast for 9.8 km on Borrowdale Road/B5289 and turn right. Continue on for 0.3 km and make a left to arrive at the parking area.

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    Chapel House Farm Campsite, National Trust Campsite

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    Yes - On Leash

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