Crag Fell is a hill in the English Lake District and is part of the
Lank Rigg group standing above Ennerdale Water in the Western Fells.
The craggy northern face above the lake gives the fell its name,
prominent in views from the car park at Bowness Knott. Ascents are
commonly made from the foot of Ennerdale Water
The Western Fells
occupy a triangular sector of the Lake District, bordered by the River
Cocker to the north east and Wasdale to the south east. Westwards the
hills diminish toward the coastal plain of Cumberland.
central hub of the high country are Great Gable and its satellites,
while two principal ridges fan out on either flank of Ennerdale, the
western fells in effect being a great horseshoe around this long wild
valley. Crag Fell stands near the extremity of the southern arm.
The main watershed runs broadly westwards from Great Gable, dividing the
headwaters of Ennerdale and Wasdale. The fells in this section are Kirk
Fell, Pillar, Scoat Fell, Haycock and Caw Fell.
valleys gradually diverge until other rivers spring up to drain the
intervening country. Worm Gill is one such watercourse, running south
westward from Caw Fell and forcing the ridge to detour northwards around
the head of its valley.
Beyond this stand the fells of the Lank
Rigg group, the final high country within the National Park.
Fell and Grike complete the westward line of the ridge, whilst Lank Rigg
lies to the south across the head of the River Calder.
northern flanks of Crag Fell tumble roughly down to the shore of
One tier of crags is directly below the summit,
Revelin Crag being a notable feature, whilst a second abuts the lake
itself. This is Anglers Crag, also known as Robin Hood's Chair.
By contrast the southern slopes fall steadily to the headstream of the
Calder, the lower section being planted with conifers.
eastward from Crag Fell begins the long ridge to Caw Fell, first
descending to a col at 1,320 ft and then rising gently over the
intermediate top of Iron Crag.
To the west a narrower ridge runs
along above the plantation to Grike. Crag Fell is bounded by Ben Gill in
the west and Red Beck in the east.
There are two mounds on the
top of the fell, that to the north west being the summit and the whole
area is undulating and grassy.
There is a wide panorama to
seaward, taking in what Alfred Wainwright described as the "grotesque
collection of towers and minarets of the Calder Hall atomic power
The head of Ennerdale Water is seen to the east
surrounded by the high cirque of the Western Fells and distant Fairfield
and Ullscarf put in unexpected appearances through the gaps.
A narrow road runs east from the
village of Ennerdale Bridge, giving access to a pair of car parks near
the outflow of the lake. Two principal ascent alternatives are available
from here to climb Crag Fell.
The first is to loosely follow the
course of Ben Gill up beside the plantation before swinging left toward
A more interesting route is to use the lakeshore path
to reach the top of Anglers Crag before working up the hillside to turn
Revelin Crag to the west.
This takes the walker past what
Wainwright called the Crag Fell Pinnacles, a fractured spine of rock
rising 80 ft above the angle of the slope.
Other ascents can be
made from the Coldfell Road south of Ennerdale Bridge. A track, formerly
the mine road, can be followed almost to the summit, passing over the
flanks of Grike.
A circuit of the upper Calder, taking in the
whole Lank Rigg group can also be started from here.
routes near Crag Fell