St Sunday’s Crag

  • Graceful peak overlooking Ullswater
  • Views over Striding Edge and Helvellyn
  • Visit remote Grisedale Tarn

St Sunday Crag climbs gracefully out of the Ullswater valley at Patterdale, a beautiful line that is often ignored for the nearby pilgrimage up Helvellyn. For the fell walker this is good as I found when I visited the summit recently. Striding off the summit area and along the long ridge of Birks gave me a wonderful perspective of Striding Ridge and the Helvellyn massif and another aspect of the best of all lakes, Ullswater.

It is also why it is best to start with the valley walk along Grisedale all the way to the lonely tarn at Grisedale before turning back towards St Sunday Crag (as opposed to the arrows on the map)  – clearly if it is cloudy it matters less! The walking is very good throughout and the near 8 mile circuit is one that I would recommend to anyone without hesitation.

Recommend: Stick to the ridge at all times – as is suggested by Wainwright any descent from its flanks are fraught with difficulty, at best unpleasantness and at wost dangerous.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 395159. Patterdale Hotel has parking as does the White Lion but at a cost. Aim for the path at the back of the Patterdale Hotel which skirts the lower fellside before meeting the large track up Grisedale
Height to Climb: 696ms (2,283 feet)
Terrain: St Sunday Crag is one of the better erosion controlled paths and generally the walk is good on the feet.
Eating & Drinking: A good choice of hotels and pubs in both Patterdale & Glenridding. I like the White Lion
Similar Walks Nearby: Hayeswater & Angletarn Crags
A round of Dovedale near Ullswater
Helvellyn by the Edges
Places to Stay: Elm How, cottage for 8, Patterdale