Gray Crag

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Gray Crag
Gray Crag and Hayeswater from Rest Dodd.jpg
Gray Crag from the slopes of Rest Dodd
Range: Lake District Far Eastern Fells
Summit: 2,293 feet NY427117
54°29’51"N, 2°53’10"W

Gray Crag is a fell in the Lake District, in Westmorland.


The fell reaches a height of 2,293 feet at the northern end of its summit ridge and this is the accepted highest point which gives the best views, although there is a spot height of 2,329 feet half a mile to the south. Both tops have small cairns set on grass.

Gray Crag is located in the far eastern sector of the national park, three miles south-east of the village of Patterdale and is basically the narrow grassy northern ridge of the adjoining fell of Thornthwaite Crag. It is characterised by very steep flanks with crags and gullies which fall away towards Hayeswater on the eastern side and Pasture Beck to the west.

A similarly named fell, Grey Crag, is to be found also in the Far Eastern Fells, above Longsleddale.


Gray Crag is invariably climbed from the hamlet of Hartsop where there is a car park, Hayeswater Gill is followed for a mile until the filter house just below Hayeswater is reached, the steep grassy northern ridge of Gray Crag is then ascended passing a rocky outcrop before reaching the flatter plateau and then the summit.

An alternative from the same starting point is to follow Pasture Beck up to the head of the valley at Threshthwaite Mouth and then contour round onto Gray Crag. Alfred Wainwright gave this as his preferred route.[1]

Most walkers will continue their walk along the ridge south to Thornthwaite Crag which is just over a mile away and return to Hartsop over Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd.


Hayeswater from the summit of Gray Crag

The view from the top gives a good aspect of the Helvellyn Range but more spectacular views can be obtained by walking to the edges of the ridge and looking down into the valleys on either side.


  1. Wainwright, Alfred: A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book Two — The Far Eastern Fells (1957)