Saturday, 1 July 2000

Ard Crags

Ard Crags from the slopes of Catbells
Height: 581mm (1,906ft)
Prominence: 116m (381ft)
Region: North Western Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Dewey, HuMP, Birkett
Summit feature: Small cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Hindscarth, Robinson, Knott Rigg & Ard Crags - 18/12/2016
A Newlands Round - 22/08/2014
The domed summit looking to Blencathra
What Wainwright said:

"There is one point on the path alongside Rigg Beck where the defile ahead is occupied by the shapely pyramid of Ard Crags, its appearance suggesting a complete isolation from other fells".

Ard Crags is situated close to other higher fells such as Causey Pike and Crag Hill and can be easily overlooked. However, viewed from certain points in the Rigg Beck or Newlands valley area it presents a clearly defined and pyramidal shape which catches the eye.

Running parallel to Crag Hill and Sail stands a lower ridge consisting of Knott Rigg and Ard Crags, and has a beautiful narrow and airy character. Ard Crags forms the eastern half of the ridge.

The narrow ridge is carpeted with heather, the top marked by a small cairn. The view from the summit is severely restricted in a north and westerly direction by the higher Crag Hill to Causey Pike ridge, the best feature of the view is the aerial view of the Newlands valley.

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