Saturday, 1 July 2000

Bannerdale Crags

Bannerdale Crags
Height: 683m (2,241ft)
Prominence: 37m (121ft)
Region: Northern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Low cairn
Times climbed: 2
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Bannerdale Crags & Bowscale Fell - 26/02/2016
What Wainwright said:

"Bannerdale Crags, to be fully appreciated, should be approached from the village of Mungrisdale, for only in this direction, eastwards, is revealed the long rim of cliffs that give the fell a name and it is one of great scenic attraction".

Bannerdale Crags is a ridge running north west to south east. The name was originally applied purely to the steep north eastern flank, but is now generally given to the fell as a whole.

The north eastern side of the ridge looks down upon the valley of Bannerdale Beck, a tributary of the Glenderamackin. The crags on this side are almost continuous for a mile in length, the highest sections falling nearly 200m to the valley. The major breach is a spur protruding from the face almost below the summit, providing a fine route of ascent.

The summit of the fell is smooth and grassy, the highest point being set back from the crags and marked by a small cairn of flat stones. Nearer the face is another cairn, referred to on older large scale maps as a currick – a stone shelter built by shepherds. The view is surprisingly extensive.

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