Lake District walks - Ard Crags

This is a walk where you get the hard climbing out of the way at the start, and here is where you take a rest, and look down towards Buttermere

Looking east, from the same spot, east towards Newlands and Derwentwater


This is early in the walk, having climbed onto the ridge. From left to right, the fells on the next ridge to the north are Wandope, Eel Crags and Sail. This was a Christmas walk.

Between Wandope and Eel Crags is this hanging valley.  Climbing out of the valley via that arete on the left, up to the top of Wandope, is no joke...


This is the ridge further along, looking east towards Blencathra and the Pennines in the distance. The ridge itself cuts round to the right, with the knobbles of Causey Pike appearing to do the same on the left.

Here is most of the ridge as seen from high up on Whiteless Pike, to the west. You can almost see something quite unusual: a watershed. Wandope is the fell protruding on the left, and just round the corner is the source of Sail Beck, which flows down to the right; while only about two hundred yards further beyond Wandope Rigg Beck starts flowing down in the opposite direction, away from us, between the ridge and Causey Pike in the distance.

From the top of Ard Crags to Aikin Knott, you look down the Rigg Beck valley to Newlands and Catbells.


In late summer, looking down across Newlands from the slopes of Ard Crags. The white buildings are Little Town.

This is the view south-east, with High Snab Bank leading up to Robinson in the foreground, then most of the Newlands Round.


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© P. G. R. Rigg 09/10/2003