Saturday, 1 July 2000

Sail

Sail as seen from The Scar descending Crag Hill
Height: 773m (2,536ft)
Prominence: 32m (104ft)
Region: North Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright
Summit feature: Cairn in pond
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
The Coledale Round - 16/04/2016
The Coledale Round - 11/08/2013
The cairn atop Sail, sat in its own personal pond
What Wainwright said:

“Sail is the least obtrusive of the 2500-footers, being completely dominated but is vaster and more rugged neighbour, Eel Crag, and an absence of attractive or interesting features adds to its inferiority complex".

Sail is a satellite hill of Crag Hill though has sufficient prominence to be classed as a Hewitt. A narrow wall of crag, The Scar, separates Sail from Crag Hill.

A cairn marks the summit and seems to be in a permanent state of submergence. Sail provides an excellent view of Coledale as well as the full Helvellyn range beyond Catbells.

Sail features a distinctive raised, zig-zag footpath on its eastern face as a result of some extensive erosion control. While I agree that path maintenance is essential, I think this one has gone a little bit too far.

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