Eel Crag

Eel Crag, viewed from Sail

Height: 2749 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 6 (The Northwestern Fells)

Date climbed: 23rd July 2009 (walk 3)

Eel Crag from Grisedale Pike

…and from the shoulder of Grisedale Pike

Bagged as number: 9 out of 214. [ << Wandope (8)  (10) Sail >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached along ridge from Wandope, and left via ridge to Sail.

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 11 of his chapter): “Eel Crag’s superior position at the hub of radiating ridges and completely surrounded by fells is sufficient guarantee of its merit as a viewpoint, even from a study of the map only, and there will be little disappointment upon arrival at the summit if the day is clear. The view is very extensive, covering the length and breadth of the district, but the flat top unfortunately robs the scene in the direction of Buttermere of valley features. Not so to north and east, where the nearby edge of the summit falls away sharply to reveal a magnificent prospect of the Keswick area, seen over the descending east ridge.”

Eel Crag summit

Eel Crag summit, with Sail (just) visible in the background

What I say: Although I enjoyed this walk taken as a whole it was odd how the individual summits did not seem that distinctive: at least not for the reasons they should have been. Eel Crag I remember for feeling, almost for the first time in my life, that had I been two feet taller I would have my head in the clouds; they felt literally like I could have reached up and touched the lowest level. Otherwise this was a flat, slaty top, pretty chilly and no real view thanks to the cloud, so although it was the summit of the day I didn’t hang around. The descent to Sail was quite steep and not to be rushed.

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