Loft Crag is a fell in the English Lake District situated 9 kilometres
west of Ambleside in the valley of Great Langdale. Along with the
neighbouring fells of Harrison Stickle and Pike of Stickle it forms the
picturesque Langdale Pikes which, when viewed from the area around
Elterwater village, gives one of the best known views in the National
The Langdale Pikes form a parapet to the lower hinterland
to their north. From 'behind' they are unimpressive but their southern
faces fall full length over crags to the floor of Langdale nearly 2,000 ft
Loft Crag has a peaked summit which apes in lesser
proportion the fine knoll of Pike of Stickle.
To the east between
Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle is the subsidiary top of Thorn Crag. This
is sometimes counted as a Langdale Pike in its own right, but only
Birkett amongst the major guidebooks takes this view.
is a fine viewpoint which gives an attractive vista of the fells around
Great Langdale. As the fell juts further out into the valley than the
other two Langdale Pikes, it gives a more impressive and full view of
The fell has a small sharp summit below which rises
Gimmer Crag one of the top rock climbing venues in the Lake District.
The crag is made of Rhyolite rock and was pioneered in the early 1880s
by the father of British rock climbing Walter Parry Haskett Smith.
Loft Crag has an altitude of 2,238 ft
(682 metres), lies between Harrison Stickle and Pike o’ Stickle and is
usually climbed in conjunction with these two peaks.
place for the direct ascent of the fell is The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel
in Great Langdale.
A path leads north westerly across the
hillside passing Dungeon Ghyll Force waterfall and going between Thorn
Crag and Gimmer Crag to a col between Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle.
From there it is a straightforward climb to the summit.
circuitous ascent can be undertaken from the same starting point but
taking the well trodden (and repaired) path up Stickle Ghyll to Stickle
Tarn. From here the fells of Pavey Ark and Thunacar Knott can be climbed
before tackling the three Langdale Pikes.
routes near Loft Crag