Crag is a fell in the English Lake District, part of the Fairfield group
in the Eastern Fells.
It is a prominent feature in the Patterdale
skyline, with a distinctive rounded shape. Indeed it figures so finely
in views from the upper reach of the lake that it is sometimes referred
to as 'the Ullswater Fell'.
Crag is the high point on the north eastern ridge of Fairfield, which
runs for two miles before descending to the valley floor behind
Patterdale village. From the flat Fairfield summit a rough slope
descends over the subsidiary top of Cofa Pike to the col at Deepdale
Hause (c2,200 ft).This is a narrow point on the ridge, deeply scarred by
now rises again to St Sunday Crag, soaring above the dales on either
side. Beyond the summit there is a swift drop to the lower plateau of
Birks and beyond this is the further satellite of Arnison Crag.
The top of
St Sunday Crag is triangular in plan with a third ridge running off due
east. This crosses a depression (The Cape) before the lower top of Gavel
Pike (2,572 ft) is reached.
Pike is the further top of Lord's Seat before the short east ridge falls
away over rough ground to Deepdale.
It is the
north western face above Grisedale that is St Sunday Crag's chief glory.
The long graceful curve of the top is set above a wall of crag half a
mile long, the whole face being neatly symmetrical.
A series of
vertical gullys slice through the crags, which together with the
intervening ridges provide sport for scramblers and climbers. The crags
peter out at about 1,800 ft, to be replaced by a steep scree slope
falling to the valley floor, a further 800 ft below. Fine views of this
face can be had from Helvellyn and Birkhouse Moor across the valley.
To the south
east of the fell is the valley of Deepdale, separating St Sunday Crag
from Hart Crag and Hartsop above How. This face too is steep and rough,
although without sustained outcropping of rock.
Gavel Pike and Birks is Cold Cove, a hanging valley cut off by Deepdale.
All of the becks from St Sunday Crag reach the head of Ullswater at
Given the fine ridges to either side, the summit of
St Sunday Crag is surprisingly level and green. Two cairns sit upon the
highest area, where rocks protrude through the turf.
A further cairn at the northern end of the summit
area marks the prime viewpoint for Ullswater. A quartz cross, now hard
to find amid the bilberry, lies above the crags marking the top of East
The view takes much of the District, Striding Edge
and the crags of Fairfield being particularly prominent.
Pike provides good views of the head of Deepdale.
starting point for ascents is Patterdale, either by climbing or
traversing Birks. Arnison Crag can also be thrown in for good measure
and the north east ridge gives fantastic rearward views of Ullswater.
Patterdale alternative is the Elmhow zig-zag which climbs the Grisedale
face just north of the crags.
and the east ridge can be climbed from Deepdale, starting from the car
park at Bridgend.
St Sunday Crag can also be ascended from the east by making first
for Grisedale Tarn. This puts the summit into reach from Grasmere or