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2004 06 30 - Iron Crag.

I picked a bad day for this trip into  Ennerdale. Clouds covered the tops from start to finish and there were short bursts of rain throughout the afternoon. No views at all were to be had from the high ground.I parked at Bowness Knott and followed the footpath to the eastern end of the lake where the River Liza is crossed by a bridge. From here I walked west along the lakeside until reaching 'The Side'. I then followed the wall up through the woods. Soon after leaving the trees clouds came down to meet me and stayed until the end of the walk. The wall curves round to the right until it reaches a high point before dipping down again towards the lake. At its highest point I headed due south up the hillside to meet another wall that runs straight up the crest of Iron Crag. I kept this wall on my right and followed it to the summit.


Crag Fell from near the car park


Iron Crag from the River Liza


Looking east with a bit of Pillar just visible right of centre


Up through the woods trying to follow the wall


The wall that climbs across the summit


This is the cairn containing the remnants of a crashed plane. It seems to be accepted as the summit cairn


However, a little further south along the wall is this second cairn which seems to be on higher ground and seems to be closer to where the OS maps put the summit


Looking back to the southern cairn as I begin to drop down


The summit wall eventually leads to this this stile. Over the wall is Caw Fell in one direction and Little Gowder Crag and Haycock in the other but no view of anything today!


With the cloud getting thicker I decide to follow the wall down in the direction of Silver Cove Beck. With hindsight I wouldn't recommend this


And the clouds are still chasing me down


Pebbles in the River Liza


And a last view of Iron Crag


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