Arnison Crag from the Brown Hills

Arnison Crag from the Brown Hills.

Height: 1424 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 19th August 2010 (walk 23). Second visit: 21st July 2018 (walk 149).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 75 out of 330. [ << Birks (74)  (76) Fellbarrow >> ]

Arnison Crag from the path to Boredale Hause

Arnison Crag seen from the path to Boredale Hause.

Second round: 155 of 330 [ << Great Borne (154)  (155) High Hartsop Dodd >> ]

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

Second visit: Ascended from Patterdale. Descended by going to Trough Head then dropping down to Wall End (see note below).

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 – and the view of the head of Ullswater is definitely good – as you see here. On my second visit the descent to Wall End was an improvisation, but it is practical: the terrain is not a problem, though in summer, bracken will be.

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.)

[ << Armboth Fell    Arthur’s Pike >> ]

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  1. […] a classic walk, the surrounding area is very attractive and most of the paths of good quality. Add Arnison Crag and its view of Ullswater to the beginning and walk 149 comes well recommended. Read all about it […]

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