Calf Crag is a fell in the English Lake District, on the eastern
side of the High Raise massif.
The spine of the Central Fells
runs on a north-south axis with the highpoint at High Raise. A complex
system of daleheads to the east of this apex resolves itself into Calf
Crag, a broad topped ridge featuring a number of rocky tops.
Calf Crag is bounded by Wythburndale to
the north and by its upper gathering grounds to the west.
Easedale lies to the south while the head of Greenburn forms the eastern
face, both of these sides being craggy.
The Wyth Burn flows north
east into Thirlmere while Far Easedale Gill and Green Burn descend to
the River Rothay and ultimately to Windermere. Calf Crag thus stands on
the main north-south watershed of the Lakeland Fells.
The summit plateau, about a mile across, sends two narrow eastern
ridges to the north and south of Greenburn Bottom. The former leads to
Steel Fell, while the southern spur passes over Gibson Knott before
ending at Helm Crag.
Southwest from Calf Crag the ground rises
over rocky terrain to Sergeant Man and High Raise, although this could
hardly be termed a ridge.
The summit is a rocky knoll with a
small crag directly to the south and a tarn lies between here and a
subsidiary top to the west.
The view is heavily restricted by
higher fells westward but there is a fine vista of the lake of Grasmere
with the Helvellyn range rising behind.
Paths on the fell follow
the routes to Steel Fell, Gibson Knott and Sergeant Man.
bridleway passes southwest of the top, dropping from Greenup Edge as it
carries the Coast to Coast route from Borrowdale to Far Easedale.
Grasmere village is the most convenient ascent starting point with
approaches possible along either Far Easedale or Green Burn.
latter makes a direct assault up a grassy strip between Pike of Carrs
and Rough Crag, while the Far Easedale route gains the ridge 'behind'
Beginning from the head of Thirlmere a way can also
be made up Wythburndale, although this will involve a certain amount of
Indirect climbs are popular as part of the 'Greenburn
Horseshoe', also taking in Steel Fell, Gibson Knott and Helm Crag.
routes near Calf Crag