Saturday, 1 July 2000

Gray Crag

Gray Crag from the road up to Hayeswater
Height: 699m (2,293ft)
Prominence: 15m (49ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
A Tour of Hayeswater - 11/01/2014
The summit cairn on Gray Crag
What Wainwright said:

"A lofty ridge, bounded by exceedingly steep flanks, extends northwards from Thornthwaite Crag with a slight curve to the west, and culminates high above Hayeswater Gill in a level platform from which, on both sides, fall precipitous crags split by deep gullies. This is Gray Crag".

Gray Crag is the narrow grassy northern ridge of the adjoining fell of Thornthwaite Crag, characterised by very steep flanks with crags and gullies that fall away into Hayeswater.

The fell reaches a height of 699 metres at the northern end of its summit ridge and this is the accepted highest point which gives the best views. However, there is a spot height of 710 metres less than a kilometre to the south.

Though the views of Helvellyn are good, the best views from Gray Crag are found towards the edges, peering down into the valleys below.

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