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Ill Crag
Ill Crag is part of the Scafell massif, sitting to the north-east of the main ridge running from Scafell Pike to Great End. Wainwright classed this as one of three Pikes on Scafell along with Broad Crag and the obvious main one. At the time of Wainwright's writing Ill Crag was not deemed a fell in his own right, so he left it as a subsiduary top, choosing to devote a page to it in the Scafell chapter rather than honour it with its own. Today however it is generally regarded with seperate status, and as such nudges its way inbetween Helvellyn and Skiddaw as fourth highest fell in the Lakes.

Ill Crag has a boulder covered summit from which there are fantastic views across to Bowfell and beyond. It has vast precipitous crags and scree slopes on the eastern side which tower over the upper reaches of Eskdale.

Although only a short distance from the main ridge route, the tops of Ill Crag and Broad Crag tend to be overlooked more often than not, possibly due to them not having Wainwright classification as well as their rough rocky covering. A great shame because they both lie close to the ridge path, and only a small deviation with a little effort is required to reach each one.

Height : 3068ft/935m
NY 22292 07342
Lake District - Southern Fells - Cumbria - England
Hill Classification(s) :  Birkett,  Hewitt,  Nuttall
OS Explorer Map(s): 6N
OS Landranger Map(s): 89 90

Additional Information from the Database of British Hills
Summit Feature: Cairn
Observation: West top: West or East top could be summit
 

 

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03/10/2009
England's Highest
3500 ft. - 7.75 miles
Hard
Bucketing it down and blowing a gale - cleared up later
Ali
Lake District


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