Clints Crags summit

The summit of Clints Crags, such as it is. In the background, Caermote Hill on the left, and the bigger Binsey on the right.

Summit: The summit of Clints Crags is marked at 804’ above sea level. However, if you look closely at the map on page 205, the walk Wainwright describes does not actually visit the summit. See below.

Volume: Book Eight (The Outlying Fells).

Date baggedFirst visit: 24th January 2015 (walk 92). Second visit: 1st August 2019 (walk 166).

Clints Crags

The final summit dome of Clints Crags. This is what you get…

Bagged as number:First round: 289 of 330 [ <<  Watch Hill (287-8)  (290-8) Bannisdale Horseshoe >>]

Second visit: 208 of 330. [ << Steel Fell (207)  (209-210)  Watch Hill >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Came up from Blindcrake, as described in the book, but instead of continuing the walk, went straight back down to the village.

Second visit: Much the same ascent, but this time I went down to Sunderland, basically continuing the walk as described in the book. After reaching Sunderland, went on to Watch Hill.

Dodd and Bass Lake

View of Bassenthwaite Lake from Clints Crags (though not from the summit). Dodd is the prominent peak. Ullock Pike will be the one just to its left in the cloud, with Skiddaw somewhere further above on a clear day.

What Mr Wainwright says: Actually he says nothing about the fell itself. The text describes a walk and, briefly, a view. There are reasons for this.

What I say: Clints Crags really is one of those volume 8 chapters where one wonders what the point was. OK, it’s in the National Park — just — but there are plenty of eminences of equal height and prominence around the place that don’t get in (whole swathes of them round Windermere for example). And plenty of potential walks that I’m sure are just as pleasant as the one described. The summit itself is fenced off, and doesn’t even offer the view of Bass Lake, which from the very top is hidden behind trees. Attain the summit for your own sense of completeness if you must. I didn’t have such a bad time on my second visit, but that was a nice August day; you will need to time your visit well to enjoy it.

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2 Responses to “Clints Crags”

  1. […] in mostly pleasant weather, bagging three summits, the two in the Watch Hill chapter and then Clints Crags. The first two were definitely worth doing but unless you’re bagging, I’d consider […]

  2. […] yesterday to mark the first day of August, so I got out and bagged some Outlying fells, namely Clints Crags and Watch Hill, on walk 166. It’s been February since I picked up any outliers but they still […]

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