Saturday, 1 July 2000

Grey Crag (Sleddale Fell)

The slopes of Grey Crag from part of Longsleddale
Height: 638m (2,093ft)
Prominence: 41m (135ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Grey Crag, Harrop Pike, Tarn Crag & Branstree - 25/11/2017 
Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree & Selside Pike - 03/04/2015
Grey Crag has a cairn marking the top
What Wainwright said:

"Grey Crag shows the first evidence, in rocky outcrops and low crags, of the characteristics peculiar to Lakeland, although the influences of the Pennines persist in the form of peat hags and marshes. There is nothing remarkable about Grey Crag, but here Lakeland may be said to start and moorland country to end".

Grey Crag is the focus of an extensive ridge system stretching out eastwards to the distant Lune and Eden Valleys, lying on the main watershed of the Cumbrian hills, its runoff reaching the sea at both the Solway Firth and Morecambe Bay.

The long east ridges have a moorland character and provide easy walking in quiet conditions. The principal tops are Ancrow Brow, White Howe, Lords Seat and Great Yarlside. These ridges encompass the valleys of Bannisdale, Crookdale, Wet Sleddale, Borrowdale and Wasdale, the latter two of which should not be confused with their more famous Lakeland counterparts.

The top of the fell is a short ridge with the summit at the south-west end. Half a mile to the northeast is a second top, Harrop Pike, only marginally lower. The true top has a small cairn, while Harrop Pike sports a more impressive columnar beacon. The views east and south are expansive while westwards the Coniston and Scafell groups can be seen.

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