Allen Crags is a fell in the English Lake District
and lies in a group of very popular hills which is regarded as part of
the Scafell group. It is a hill that is frequently traversed by walkers
along its ridge but is seldom climbed as the sole objective.
It is situated at the southern end of a
6 kilometres (4 miles) long north-south ridge that starts at
Stonethwaite in Borrowdale and concludes at the strategically important
mountain pass of Esk Hause.
The fell is craggy and rocky and
falls away steeply to the head of the Langstrath valley on its eastern
side while its western flanks are characterised by grey slabs of rock
and are less precipitous as they fall away to Grains Gill.
north, Allen Crags is connected to the fell of Glaramara by a three
kilometre undulating ridge which is a joy to walk taking in three
subsidiary tops along the way to the main top.
To the south the
fell drops 80 metres (262 ft) to connect with the mountain pass of Esk
Hause from where it is possible to reach the neighbouring fells of Esk
Pike and Great End and even Scafell Pike with a little more effort.
As mentioned, Allen Crags is quite often approached
along its northern ridge from Glaramara and this is the most popular
ascent of the fell, however a direct climb is possible from Borrowdale
ascending the Grains Gill path from Seathwaite to Esk Hause and then
climbing easily up the fell from the south.
The fell can also be
included in a 15 km (9 mile) horseshoe walk from Seathwaite also taking
in Seathwaite Fell as well as Glaramara and Allen Crags.The top of the fell has three cairns with the
middle one set on rocks being the highest.
The highlight of the
view is an excellent vista of Great Gable. The southern part of the view
is restricted by higher fells but the northern panorama from west to
east is a fine view.
routes near Allen Crags