Saturday, 1 July 2000

Tarn Crag (Sleddale)

The impressive Tarn Crag
Height: 664m (2,178ft)
Prominence: 160m (525ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Marilyn. Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report: 
Grey Crag, Tarn Crag, Branstree & Selside Pike - 03/04/2015
Tarn Crag summit
The survey column close to the summit cairn
What Wainwright said:

"The gradually rising wall of fells bounding Longsleddale on the east reaches its greatest elevation, and its terminus, in Tarn Crag. To the valley, the fell presents a bold front, with Buckbarrow Crag a conspicuous object, but on other sides it is uninteresting".

Tarn Crag is generally held to mark the transition from Lakeland to Pennine country. Away from the fierce western flank, the fell falls in long easy slopes of coarse grass and heather, with little outcropped rock in evidence.

A man made feature near to the summit is the remains of a surveying pillar. This unusual stone and concrete construction is cleft at the top to provide a sight line and was originally surrounded by a wooden frame, now decayed. This is one of four such pillars built during the construction of the Haweswater aqueduct.

The view from the grassy summit is disappointing in terms of fells, but a wide vista from Morecambe Bay to the Pennines opens up in other directions.

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