formerly known as Eel Crag is a mountain in the North Western part of
the English Lake District.
overlooks the valleys of Rannerdale on the west, and Coledale on the
the second highest fell in the area of high ground between the passes of
Whinlatter and Newlands, second to Grasmoor. It is 839 m (2,753 feet)
high, and has a relative height of 117 m.
Western Fells occupy the area between the rivers Derwent and Cocker, a
broadly oval swathe of hilly country, elongated on a north-south axis.
Two roads cross from east to west, dividing the fells into three
convenient groups. The central sector, rising between Whinlatter and
Newlands passes, includes Crag Hill.
ground in the North Western Fells is an east-west ridge in this central
sector, beginning with Grasmoor above Crummock Water and then gradually
descending eastwards over Crag Hill, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike.
Grasmoor has the greatest elevation, but Crag Hill stands at the hub of
the range. In plan it appears as a cross with ridges running to the four
points of the compass.
north of Crag Hill is the col of Coledale Hause, the high level
connection to Hopegill Head, focal point of a parallel but slightly
lower ridge. Valleys descend from either side of Coledale Hause, running
between these two ridges. Gasgale Gill (or Liza Beck on Ordnance
maps) flows westward to the River Cocker, while Coledale Beck runs
eastwards to the Derwent. Guarding the way up from the Hause to Crag
Hill is Eel Crag, the face which gave the fell its former name.
also has a southern ridge which steps down toward Buttermere over
Wandope and Whiteless Pike. The valley of Rannerdale forms the western
boundary with Sail Beck on the other side. Both empty into Crummock
part of Crag Hill is near the 'cross' where the four ridges meet. Moving
further east towards Sail, the ridge tapers down with crags on either
side. Scott Crags stands over Coledale and Scar Crag
looks down on Sail Beck. Beneath Scar Crag is Addacomb Hole, a deep
corrie without a tarn. By contrast to the west of the summit the slopes
are smooth and wide, although still steep.
bears an Ordnance Survey triangulation column, set on a stony plateau.
The view is excellent, although robbed of some foreground by the flat
expanse of the top. All of the major fell groups can be seen with the
Scafells particularly fine. Although a higher neighbour, Grasmoor
detracts little from the view to the west.
shore of Crummock Water, Rannerdale Beck can be followed to its source,
gaining the ridge between Crag Hill and Wandope. The alternative western
route follows Gasgale Gill up to its birthplace on Coledale Hause. From
Braithwaite near Keswick at the opposite end of the ridge, Coledale
Hause is also the first objective. From here a simple ascent turns Eel
Crag to the west, although
are to be found
the eastern side of the crag.
Many ascents of Crag Hill are made indirectly as part of a full traverse
of the Grasmoor to Causey Pike ridge. Climbs from Buttermere via
Whiteless Pike and Wandope are also practicable. Finally, rounds of
either Coledale or Gasgale Gill, crossing to or from Hopegill Head via
Coledale Hause, provide fine horseshoe walks for those needing to return
to their starting point.