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Gray Crag

Gray Crag



Grid Reference: NY 42675 11882
Height: 699 metres/2293 feet

"A lofty ridge, bounded by exceedingly steep flanks, extending northwards from Thornthwaite Crag."
A Wainwright

The long northern ridge of Thornthwaite Crag descends gently over a fine grassy spine, with steep crags to either side to the summit of Gray Crag, enclosed by Hayeswater to the east and Pasture Beck to the west.

Gray Crag is a prominent view from the fells to the north, a dramatic sight from the area above Angle Tarn the shapely ridge looks far more imposing than it actually is upon closer inspection.

As with many summits it is well worth taking a few steps to either side of the summit cairn, stunning views down to Hayeswater are just a few paces away as are impressive views over Pasture Bottom to the west. A short walk south from the summit reveals a wonderful view of Windermere, seen through Thresthwaite Mouth.

 

  1. Descending over Hartsop Dodd

    Caudale Moor from Hartsop: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A steeper start and then good ridges with great views over Windermere and the High Street range

    Distance: 10km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 8600m / 2800ft
    Duration: 5 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. High Street across Haweswater

    High Street from Hartsop: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Quite a pull up but once on the High Street ridges easy walking on good paths

    Distance: 12km / 7.5 miles
    Ascent: 820m / 2700ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. On the summit of High Street

    High Street from Patterdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A longer walk but easy walking on very good path with good views throughout

    Distance: 12km / 7.5 miles
    Ascent: 980m / 3200ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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