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.

Date bagged:  24th January 2015 (walk 92).

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

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.

Route of ascent and descent: Came up from Blindcrake, as described in the book, but instead of continuing the walk, went straight back down to the village. On a second visit I would not do that again, but would complete the traverse of the ridge to Sunderland, or follow the full walk from page 205.

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.

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One Response 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 […]

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