Saturday, 1 July 2000


The crags of Buckbarrow
Height: 423m (1,388ft)
Prominence: 4m (13ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small cairn
Times climbed: 1
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Buckbarrow's summit stands a number of metres back from the main crags
What Wainwright said:

"Buckbarrow faces the famous Screes across Wastwater and being itself a steep and stony declivity bears some resemblance, if only in miniature".

Buckbarrow is a small fell overlooking the western end of Wastwater. Its name means "The hill of the buck or goat". It is derived either from the Old English word "bucc" meaning buck or the Old Norse word "bokki" meaning a male goat.

Seatallan's southwestern ridge falls gently at first briefly interrupted by the few desultory rocks of Gray Crag. A smaller spur runs out south from Cat Bields, only resolving into a definite ridge some way down the slope at Glade How. This cairned top is recognised as a summit by some guidebooks.A little to the south of Glade How the spur ends in a wall of crag, dropping 900 ft to the road below. This is Buckbarrow.

The nearest to an actual summit given the limited prominence is a rocky mound set back from the rim of crags. Much finer views can be obtained from the lower rocky knoll which stands above Pike Crag.