Allen Crags

Allen Crags, lit up, seen from Rossett Pike

Height: 2572 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 4 (The Southern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 4th June 2010 (walk 19). Second visit: 2nd January 2017 (walk 123).

Bagged as number: First round: 61 out of 330. [ << Glaramara (60)   Whin Rigg (62) >> ]

Summit of Allen Crags

Summit cairn, Allen Crags. Ill Crag (part of Scafell Pike) in the background.

Second round: 86 of 330 [ << Glaramara (85)  (87) Rossett Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached from Glaramara. Descended to Esk Hause, then Angle Tarn, Angletarn Gill, Langstrath and back to Stonethwaite.

Second visit: Same approach and descent as far as Angle Tarn, but I then went up Rossett Pike and down to Langdale.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Some fells there are, of respectable height, of distinct merit as viewpoints, and often in fine situations, which never seem to attract or challenge walkers and have to place in fireside memories of Lakeland: they are ‘left for another day’, habitually passed by, and rarely find mention in print or conversation. Such a one is Allen Crags, grandly positioned overlooking Esk Hause… The two principal summits on the ridge are Allen Crags and Glaramara. The former is slightly the higher, but Glaramara has the greater appeal and is a popular ascent.”

Allen Crags viewed from Langstrath

Allen Crags viewed from Langstrath (centre right – the rest of the horizon is formed by Esk Pike)

What I say: Certainly I find Allen Crags no less appealing than Glaramara. It definitely claims ownership of the exquisite little tarn which Wainwright draws attention to on his description of the ridge route (see page Allen Crags 7), and has good views of Great End, Great Gable and Esk Hause. But one can also see why it fades into the background a little among much grander fells all around.

However, it does have one distinction which cannot be denied: alphabetically, it comes first of all the 214 Wainwrights.

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One Response to “Allen Crags”

  1. […] turned into actuality, with the day being bright and frosty, as you can see from this shot of Allen Crags‘ summit cairn. That, along with Glaramara and Rossett Pike, were the three fells bagged […]

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