Carron Crag summit

Carron Crag’s summit rocks and OS column.

Summit: 1030 feet above sea level.

Date bagged: First visit: 9th July 2015 (walk 98). Second visit: 21st December 2017 (walk 140).

Carron Crag and Grizedale Forest

Carron Crag rising above the green carpet of Grizedale Forest. Seen from Top o’Selside.

Bagged as number: First round: 311 of the 330 Wainwrights. [<< Top o’Selside (307-310) (312-314) Caw >> ]

Second round: 131 of 330. [ << White Side (130)  (132) Latrigg >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached from the south-west, having climbed Top o’Selside beforehand. Came off by descending through the woods to the Moor Top car park and then to Hawkshead, which is about 3.5 miles from the summit.

Second visit: Came up from Grizedale. Descended to Brantwood, then Coniston.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 89 of volume 8): “Time was when Carron Crag towered prominently above the fifty square miles of undulating country between Coniston Water and Windermere, second only to Top o’ Selside in height. This terrain, then open fell and natural woodland, has now become cloaked in the dark shrouds of coniferous forests and Carron Crag has disappeared from view behind a screen of trees…. Finding it is more than a triumph of navigation. The Crag itself is a most delightful reward. Here, after the climb through the jungle… [a] survey column adorns the highest point and still commands a wide prospect — over the treetops.”

Ring sculpture, Grizedale Forest

The sculpture near the summit of Carron Crag.

What I say: The top of Carron Crag is an interesting one. As well as the rocky little fang which marks the summit itself — a good platform to scramble around on — there is a good view and also the ‘ring’ sculpture pictured here, which lies just below the summit, to the south. As for the approach, well, it depends how much you like walking on forest roads and dodging mountain bikers.

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2 Responses to “Carron Crag”

  1. […] Water and Windermere and are gathered into two chapters in volume 8: Top o’Selside and Carron Crag. The walk was done in very good weather again (I have picked my days well this year) and was worth […]

  2. […] the cross-Windermere ferry, near Far Sawrey, over to Coniston, on the way taking in the summit of Carron Crag (the only Wainwright bagged today) and trees. A lot of trees, this being Grizedale Forest, one of […]

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