Saturday, 1 July 2000

Arnison Crag

Arnison Crag
Height: 433m (1,421ft)
Prominence: 32m (150ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn on rock tor
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Fairfield via Stony Cove Pike & Red Screes - 03/05/2014
The summit commands an excellent view of Ullswater
What Wainwright said:

"The rough fellside curving out of Deepdale and bounding the highway to Patterdale has an attractive rocky crown. This is Arnison Crag, a low hill with a summit worthy of a mountain".

Arnison Crag is an outlier of the Fairfield group in the Eastern Fells. Although properly a north eastern ridge of Birks and having little topographical prominence, Arnison Crag was classed as a separate fell by Alfred Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.

The ridge from Trough Head to Arnison Crag is fairly level and passes over a series of knolls. One of these, about halfway along, is the true summit, being 433 metres high. Wainwright and later guidebook writers have chosen to ignore this top because it is grassy and too far back to give an adequate view.

There is only a very small cairn due to the lack of available stone. The view is largely restricted by higher fells, but Ullswater is the highlight.

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