Drawing 203: Sergeant’s Crag, Langstrath

Direction of view: S

Notes: Best in late afternoon / early evening.  I am unsure whether I found Wainwright’s foreground: the key should be the position of Crinkle Crags and Pike o’ Stickle relative to Sergeant’s Crag.  These are very sensitive; moving just a few yards can make them go out of alignment.  Within this small space, I found a foreground similar to AW’s, and no other options were apparent.

This view forms the title page of the Sergeant’s Crag chapter in The Central Fells, and it appears on page 39 of Fellwalking with a Camera (the sketch is very accurate to this photo), and is in Lakeland Mountain Drawings (432).  The mountain drawing has a different foreground and, to be honest, is a bit of a scrappy mess.

Comments: First taken on 7th April 2015: see 195 for an account of that day. However it was dull, and the foreground was unsatisfactory.  The picture shown here was taken on 3rd July 2019, on a walk with David Claxton and his dogs Bracken and Bramble. They had quite a wait whilst I was searching for the viewpoint!  Our walk had started with climbing to the location of drawing 67, then hiking up Ullscarf, on to Greenup Edge, and around the head of Greenup Gill.  The weather was excellent.  With this picture taken, I had just 10 to go to complete the project.

The name of the fell may refer to a mediaeval officer called the land serjeant, whose duty it was to attend to boundaries.  The only other fell with a similar name is quite close by: Sergeant Man.

The fell is home to a classic rock climb: Sergeant’s Crag gully, first climbed in 1893 by the pioneering climbers Owen Glynne Jones and John Wilson Robinson.  The climbing guide describes it as a traditional gully climb of considerable merit.