Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Monday, 9 July 2012

Saturday 7 July - Sail and Eel Crag (Crag Hill)

We expected the fells to be busy and they were. From High Moss hardly a gap could be seen between walkers making their way up Grisedale Pike. I'm exaggerating, of course, but not by much!

Shortly after we reached 'Sail Pass' others arrived from various directions, happy that the weather was dry and sunny. The cairn on Sail was partially 'moated', a sign that today's conditions had not been exactly common of late.

The summit of Crag Hill (or Eel Crag as I have always known it) is a rather good view point and we had it to ourselves to enjoy. We considered going on to Grasmoor but the broad unsightly path did not appeal and in any event a finer route follows the edge of Dove Crags overlooking Gasgale Gill.

We enjoyed a late and leisurely lunch on the grassy slopes above the path in the company of a few Herdwicks, one fast asleep, then made our way slowly down, often pausing to absorb the unique atmosphere of the fells.

A Herdwick lamb confidently approached us as we left Coledale Hause. Lovely.

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  1. A fantastic round of tops those. Although you had me with High Moss! I’ve never called it that. I had to have a look at the map.

    Herdwick and mint sauce.mmm

  2. How do you feel about the highly populated, path worn Lake District fraught with parking problems? Close as I am I have not visited very often over the last few years much preferring Scottish wilderness. In Scotland, when one does meet people they tend to be like minded, experienced hill walkers which is less likely in the Lakes. Perhaps this sounds a bit radical, but my formative climbing years were spent in the Lakes in the late Fifties and early Sixties when it was nothing like as touristy, although there was major rock climbing development taking place, and I suppose the increased visitor rate was just getting under way. Local authorities and the like seem to never stop conjuring up new ideas for visitor centres and other "attractions" encouraging even more people to visit the region.