In the Lakes: Grey Crag and Tarn Crag

Never a fan of a narrow road, the journey to these two fells was not my idea of fun! Four and a half miles of winding single track with fewer and fewer passing places; the only saving grace was there wasn’t a steep incline with a sheer drop. The parking place has space for about six to eight cars. The road peters out with a track to the right and there is a very attractive little bridge leading to a farm on the left.

Having negotiated the drive (in my case with hands over eyes in the passenger seat), we parked at Sadgill Bridge in Longsleddale.

The steepish climb through bracken and boulders opens out into marshy moorland.

The wide summits are clear and straightforward but of more interest is the survey post on the top of Tarn Crag, used during the construction of the *Haweswater Aqueduct.


This was originally surrounded by a wooden platform which doubtless succumbed to the elements long ago.

This wasn’t a particularly pleasant or picturesque climb; it was very windy, squelchy and bleak. Other than as a Wainwright box-ticking exercise, there is little to recommend this.

*Information from Alfred Wainwright’s Far Eastern Fells Book Two.  

About Julie Haiselden

Between 1999-2019, I worked in the NHS and am now a Church of England verger and National Trust room guide. I've written three published novels and am an amateur blogger. As well as being a school alumna, I occasionally tread the boards. I enjoy rambling and taking photos. Since 2016, I've been part of the reviewing team at Whispering Stories.
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