1 Ullscarf

Here’s a lesser-known route with awe­some views and a fas­ci­nat­ing hid­den crag stand­ing proud above a lonely val­ley, cour­tesy of Chiz Dakin.

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T his walk is longer than the di­rect ap­proach from Wyth­burn, but it has stun­ning views across many of the cen­tral Lake Dis­trict fells from sev­eral dif­fer­ent an­gles, a cou­ple of se­cluded and beau­ti­ful tarns, and an un­ex­pect­edly sharp crag stand­ing proud above a hid­den val­ley.

The go­ing is mostly rough moor­land grass, but there’s al­ways the chal­lenge of nav­i­ga­tion if the clag is down. Per­haps it’s cheat­ing a bit when there’s a line of rusty fence posts to guide you for some of the way along the ridge near the sum­mit. Nev­er­the­less, where they ex­ist, they are use­ful and can pro­vide good fore­ground in­ter­est for photos if the weather is good. In­deed, this walk is best saved for clear con­di­tions, as the views are stun­ning!

Lin­ing Crag is the real sur­prise of the route. It looks like a short and stubby grassy ridge from above, and gives lit­tle hint of its near-ver­ti­cal crags be­low. Take care if you choose to de­tour briefly to strike an ex­cit­ing pose atop it; for those less good with heights, the pitched path into the val­ley be­low veers off be­fore the crags.

As you as­cend Low Sad­dle, there's a good view back to Wa­tend­lath. The deep Greenup Gill val­ley is the only hint to the ver­tig­in­u­ous cliffs of Lin­ing Crag from above.

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