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Allen Crags

Allen Crags



Grid Reference: NY 23668 08529
Height: 785 metres/2575 feet

"Grandly positioned overlooking Esk Hause; it is really in the heart of things and on intimate terms with Bowfell, The Scafells and Great Gable - old favourites."
A Wainwright

The Allen Crags, sitting above Esk Hause, just a stones throw from one of the most walked footpaths in the Lake District, is far less frequented than it deserves. The rocky summit is a fine viewpoint with dramatic views to Great End and Great Gable to the west, and to the north a fine view over Borrowdale to Skiddaw with the Solway Firth visible beyond on a good day.

North of the Allen Crags the ridge continues to the fine summit of Glaramara before descending towards Borrowdale beyond.

  1. Bowfell from Calf Cove

    Bowfell & the Great Slab: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A few steep sections and one exposed section with a drop to one side, a wonderful route to a wonderful summit

    Distance: 13km / 8 miles
    Ascent: 1030m / 3300ft
    Duration: 6-7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. A cloud inversion over Borrowdale from Thorneythwaite Fell on the Glaramara ridge

    Glaramara & the Allen Crags: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A few steep ascents and some rough ground underfoot but stunning scenery and lovely summits

    Distance: 11km / 7 miles
    Ascent: 900m / 2800ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 8:1
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  3. On the summit of Great End

    Great End from Langdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A few steep sections but no real exposure, great views of the Scafell range, Langdale and surrounding fells

    Distance: 17km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 1230m / 4000ft
    Duration: 7-8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. Crossing the boulders on Broad Crag with Scafell Pike behind

    Borrowdale 10 Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A challenging day over rough ground taking in several of the highest mountains in England

    Distance: 21km / 13 miles
    Ascent: 1890m / 6200ft
    Duration: 11 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. On the summit of Great End

    Great End from Seathwaite: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A spectacular route climbing Great End from Borrowdale, off the beaten track

    Distance: 12km / 8 miles
    Ascent: 910m / 3000 ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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