High Crag and Buttermere

High Crag and Buttermere, seen from Rannerdale Knotts.

Height: 2443 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 28th July 2012 (walk 60a). Second visit: 21st October 2019 (walk 171).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 190 of 330. [ << High Stile (189)  (191) Kirk Fell >> ]

High Crag summit

Summit of High Crag, with Great Gable behind.

Second round: 228 of 330. [ << Seat Robert (223-227)  (229) High Stile >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached along the ridge from High Stile and then descended to Scarth Gap and down to the Black Sail hut.

Second visit: Came up from Gatesgarth, via Scarth Gap. Left via the ridge to High Stile.

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 2 of his chapter): “The summit commands a glorious view of mountainous country, a deserved reward for it is neither easily attained nor easily left, its defence of battlemented crags and hostile stones being breached only by the narrow ridge connecting with High Stile, a mountain with difficulties of its own…. With the help of the ridge they should certainly be visited, the scenery being of the highest order and the situations exciting.”

High Crag

High Crag, from Haystacks

What I say:The first time I visited High Crag, this came at the end of a long walk and I was quite tired by this point but it was still a dramatic experience and worth the visit.  It is a longer walk from High Stile than you might expect (or need), however.

The second visit affirmed that this is a fine peak with an ascent that is effortful, but not too harsh. Scenery all around, and on the walk to High Stile (which it is pointless not doing in one direction or the other), is of the highest quality. Recommended.

Incidentally, having had a chance to survey it from the ridge, the route described on Wainwright’s page High Crag 6, via Sheepbone Rake, looks really tough. You’ve been warned. I’m never going anywhere near it.

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One Response to “High Crag”

  1. […] years ago (see walk 60a). Three summits bagged — the eponymous High Stile and its neigbbours High Crag and Red Pike. There were some unpleasant moments on the descent of the latter, but all in all this […]

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