Great Crag, from Ullscarf.

Great Crag, from Ullscarf. The little ‘eye’ is Dock Tarn.

Height: 1500 feet above sea level is Wainwright’s estimate, but unlike some of his other approximations, he offers no real evidence for it, almost admitting it’s a hunch. This is one of the few in the 214 where even now, a spot height does not exist on the highest point, but there is no contour above 450 metres which is 1,468 feet, and Memory Map will grudgingly get up to about 1,450 but no more. It looks therefore like AW may have overestimated the height of this fell.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbed: 7th October 2011 (walk 45)

Bagged as number: 140 of 214. [ << Ullscarf (139)  (141) Rannerdale Knotts >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:  Approached from Ullscarf – a walk across a moor, not really a ridge. Descended to Stonethwaite.

The summit of Great Crag.

The summit of Great Crag.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 1 of his chapter): “Between the deep Stonethwaite valley and the shallow depression containing Bleatarn Gill rises an indefinite and complex mass of rough undulating ground, a place of craggy and wooded slopes, of heathery tors and mossy swamps and shy little tarns – a beautiful labyrinth, a joy to the explorer but the despair of the mapmaker. Nestling here is Dock Tarn, a jewel deserving a sweeter name, in a surround of rocky heights of which Great Crag is the most pronounced…”

Great Crag again

View of Great Crag, from the ascent of Eagle Crag (walk 68). The summit is just out of shot to the right.

What I say: Like Ullscarf, bagged on the same walk, Great Crag scored most highly because of its views – obviously not as extensive as its bigger sibling, but still dramatic. The shot of Sergeant’s Crag, with Bowfell behind, that graces the top of every page on this site was taken from close to Great Crag’s summit on walk 45.

It is a distinctive little place too, with a veritable jungle of heather, growing far more densely than is normal, and all the rocky tors that Wainwright mentions, intermingled with flat bits of swamp. All this does, however, make it a very confusing place, even in clear weather; in mist and rain I would not want to be up here.

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