Scar Crags is a fell in the north western part of the
English Lake District. It is one of the Coledale group of fells situated
seven kilometres south west of Keswick and reaches a height of 672
metres (2205 feet).
The fell is part of the long ridge that
radiates easterly from Eel Crag and includes the adjoining fells of Sail
and Causey Pike before dropping to the Newlands Valley.
Crags is characterised by steep craggy flanks on its southern side which
fall away steeply to Rigg Beck, while the northern slopes are less steep
and grassy as they drop to Stoneycroft Gill.
The top of the fell
is grassy and often muddy with a small cairn and gives a heady view down
onto Rigg Beck and a good but not exceptional all round view of the
Scar Crags is very rarely climbed directly. The only
feasible direct ascent follows an old mine road that starts from Stair
and goes up Stoneycroft Gill to finish at Sail Pass, from where it is a
short ascent to the fell summit.
It is more usually approached
from the east along the ridge from Causey Pike or from the west from
It is a busy fell as it is part of the Coledale Round, a
17.5 kilometre walk starting and finishing at Braithwaite or Stair in
the Newlands valley. It includes the other nearby fells of Grisedale
Pike, Hopegill Head, Eel Crag, Sail, and Causey Pike with over 1300
metres of ascent.
routes near Scar Crags