Grey Crag is a fell in the English Lake District and stands to the
east of Longsleddale in the Far Eastern Fells. It should not be confused
with another fell named Gray Crag in the Lake District near Hartsop.
North of Sadgill, the valley of
Longsleddale narrows considerably with walls of crag on either side.
Grey Crag is the first fell encountered above the eastern side, although
the top is not visible from below.
What is in sight is a short
flat topped spur at a height of around 1,600 ft which juts out
southwards from the body of the fell. This is Great Howe and its steep
flanks provide the east wall of Longsleddale, together with further
outcrops above the side valley of Stockdale.
Grey Crag proper is
a second tier of crags, set back from Great Howe and just below the
summit, thus giving its name to the entire fell.
Grey Crag is the focus of an extensive ridge system stretching out
eastwards to the distant Lune and Eden Valleys. It lies on the main
watershed of the Cumbrian hills, its runoff reaching the sea at both the
Solway Firth and Morecambe Bay.
The long east ridges have a
moorland character and provide easy walking in quiet conditions.
The principal tops are Ancrow Brow (1,820 ft), White Howe (1,738 ft),
Lords Seat (1,719 ft) and Great Yarlside (1,950 ft). These ridges
encompass the valleys of Bannisdale, Crookdale, Wet Sleddale, Borrowdale
and Wasdale, the latter two of which should not be confused with their
more famous Lakeland counterparts.
To the north of the summit is
a marshy depression, containing Greycrag Tarn. This is a series of small
pools in the bed of a larger historic waterbody. Beyond the tarn is Grey
Crag's sister fell, Tarn Crag.
The top of the fell is a short
ridge with the summit at the south west end. Half a mile to the north
east is a second top, Harrop Pike, only marginally lower at 2,089 ft. A
fence joins the summit ridge about halfway along from the direction of
Tarn Crag, and then makes for Harrop Pike.
The true top has a
small cairn, while Harrop Pike sports a more impressive columnar beacon.
The views east and south are expansive while westwards the Coniston
and Scafell groups can be seen.
Grey Crag can be climbed from
Longsleddale via Great Howe or from the vicinity of the A6 (Shap) road
via any of the long eastern ridges mentioned above.
routes near Grey Crag