Crags is a fell in the English Lake District and forms part of two major
rings of mountains, surrounding the valleys of Great Langdale and Upper
Eskdale. The name reflects the fell's physical appearance as its summit
ridge is a series of five rises and depressions (crinkles) that are very
distinctive from the valley floor. In Old English, cringol means twisted
of Crinkle Crags extends due south from its higher neighbour, Bowfell
and between the two is the col of Three Tarns, named for the small pools
in the depression. Depending upon recent rainfall there may be anything
from two to five tarns in evidence on the ground. From here the rocky
outcropping of Shelter Crags is quickly reached.
summit to the south the ridge descends over Stonesty Pike and Little
Stand to the Duddon Valley at Cockley Beck. Two further ridges branch
out from Crinkle Crags on either side of the summit, before turning
south to run parallel to Little Stand.
west, across the marshy trench of Moasdale is Hard Knott and to the east
an initially indistinct ridge firms up on the traverse to Cold Pike.
Between Cold Pike and Crinkle Crags, but generally included as part of
the latter is Great Knott.
There are a
variety of routes directly to the summit: most people climb the fell
from Great Langdale and usually together with all or some of the
adjoining fells of Bowfell, Pike of Blisco, Rossett Pike and Cold Pike
to make a high level ridge walk which encompasses the whole of the high
ground at the head of Great Langdale.
traverse of the summit ridge with its series of undulations is an
exhilarating experience for the fell walker. The ridge includes the
so-called "Bad Step", a steep
which catches out many walkers when travelling from north to south;
however, the obstacle can be by-passed without too much trouble.
from the summit is very good: there are airy views of Great Langdale,
Eskdale and Dunnerdale, with the estuaries of the rivers Duddon and Esk to be
seen as they enter the Irish Sea.
There is a
very good view of England's highest mountain, Scafell Pike, which lies
just four kilometres away to the north west and Shelter Crags gives
extensive all-round views.