Dove Crag is a fell in the English Lake District
situated in the Eastern Fells of the national park, seven kilometres
south-south-west of Glenridding and reaches a height of 792 metres
The fell is often climbed as part of the Fairfield
horseshoe walk but a direct ascent from Patterdale is required to show
the fell's full potential, displaying the impressive crags just to the
north east of the summit.
The highest point was originally
unnamed on maps, being just a minor top, but over the years the summit
has adopted the name of Dove Crag by mutual accord.
Group of fells stands between Grasmere and the Kirkstone Pass.
The watershed runs south east from Fairfield, crossing Hart Crag, Dove
Crag, Little Hart Crag and Red Screes.
Dove Crag shows its
unassuming back to Rydale in the west, while great crags command the
head of Dovedale on the opposite side of the ridge.
A lower tier
of crags juts out into the valley with Stangs at its head, dividing
Dovedale Beck from its main tributary, Hogget Gill.
throws out a southern ridge which descends over High Pike and Low Pike
The crags of Dove Crag are the fell's finest
feature. The crag is about 75 metres high at its highest point and is a
popular venue for rock climbers with classic routes such as Extol and
Fast and Furious.
Lately it has become used by boulderers with
several top class climbs such as Impailed and Pail Attitude on the
boulders that have become detached from the main crag.
within the crags is the “Priest's Hole”. This is a cave, roughly about
five metres deep with extra protection provided by a wall built in
front, which is often used by walkers and climbers as a rough overnight
It is well used and stocked (even having a visitors' book)
but it is not easy to find in bad conditions. It is marked on the large
scale Ordnance Survey maps but this is only of limited use.
mentioned earlier, the majority of the people who climb Dove Crag do so
from Ambleside as part of the Fairfield horseshoe walk.
the ascent from Patterdale gives the walker the opportunity to explore
the relatively unknown valley of Dovedale and the beck which flows down
it and to study the crags of the fell.
It is believed that the
upper part of Dovedale was once the crater of a volcano.
ascent from Patterdale starts from the car park at Brothers Water and
takes the path to Hartsop Hall. Here the rising path up Dovedale is
As the crags are approached at the head of the valley,
there is a choice of going to the right or left of them to reach the
which is a small rock platform with a cairn.
The fell can
also be approached from Ambleside along its long southern ridge passing
over the tops of Low Pike and High Pike.
A dry stone wall crosses
the summit 15 metres to the west and this runs north to south to the
adjoining fells of High Pike (south) and Hart Crag (north).
highlight of the summit view is obtained by walking to the edge of the
crags and looking down into Dovedale.
routes near Dove Crag