Gray Crag is a fell in the English Lake District and
reaches a height of 699 metres (2,293 feet) at the northern end of its
summit ridge. This is the accepted highest point which gives the best
views, although, there is a spot height of 710 metres (2,329 feet) less
than a kilometre to the south. Both tops have small cairns set on grass.
Gray Crag is located in the far eastern sector of the national park,
five kilometres south east of the village of Patterdale and is basically
the narrow grassy northern ridge of the adjoining fell of Thornthwaite
It is characterised by very steep flanks with crags and
gullies which fall away towards Hayeswater on the eastern side and
Pasture Beck to the west.
This fell should not be confused with
Grey Crag another Lakeland Fell also in the far eastern sector above
The view from the top gives a good aspect of the
Helvellyn range but more spectacular views can be obtained by walking to
the edges of the ridge and looking down into the valleys on either side.
Gray Crag is invariably ascended from the hamlet of Hartsop where
there is a car park.
Hayeswater Gill is followed for 1.5 kilometres
until the filter house just below Hayeswater is reached. The steep
grassy northern ridge of Gray Crag is then ascended passing a rocky
outcrop before reaching the flatter plateau and then the summit.
An alternative from the same starting point is to follow Pasture Beck up
to the head of the valley at Threshthwaite Mouth and then contour round
onto Gray Crag. Alfred Wainwright gave this as his preferred route.
Most walkers will continue their walk along the ridge south to
Thornthwaite Crag which is two kilometres away and return to Hartsop
over Caudale Moor and Hartsop Dodd.
routes near Gray Crag