Arnison Crag from the Brown Hills

Arnison Crag from the Brown Hills. Picture taken on walk 48, January 2012.

Height: 1424 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 19th August 2010 (walk 23).

Bagged as number: 75 out of 214. [ << Birks (74)  (76) Fellbarrow >> ]

Arnison Crag from the path to Boredale Hause

Arnison Crag pictured from the path to Boredale Hause. This picture was taken on walk 32 (Feb 2011).

Route of ascent and descent: Approached ‘round the back’, from Trough Head, and descended to Patterdale.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “The rough fellside curving out of Deepdale and bounding the highway to Patterdale village has an attractive rocky crown, often visited for the fine view it offers of the head of Ullswater. This is Arnison Crag, a low hill with a summit worthy of a mountain. It is a dependency of St Sunday Crag, forming the lesser of the two prongs which constitute the northeast spur of that grand fell: Birks is the other.”

What I say: This fell has two summits which look of equal height, something when I first approached, I did not realise. I thus ended up doing all the ceremonial stuff twice (touching the cairn, taking a photo, saying the number, 75 in this case: ritual, but what the hell)   In the picture at the top, you can see the second summit at the extreme right-hand side.

Arnison Crag summit

Arnison Crag summit, looking towards the head of Ullswater

Anyway, this is a neat little top – both of them – not as hard to reach as it looks, and the view of the head of Ullswater is definitely good – as you see here. And one more distinction – it’s alphabetically the first of the Eastern Fells and thus the first of all 214  described in the Guide. (However, in a full alphabetical list it comes fifth.)

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