St Sunday Crag

St Sunday Crag Summit
St Sunday Crag Summit

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A Few Facts About St Sunday Crag

Location -
St Sunday Crag is a fell in the Eastern Fells of the Lake District and is part of the Fairfield Group. It is a prominent feature in the Patterdale skyline with a distinctive rounded shape. Indeed it figures so finely in views from the upper reach of the lake that it is sometimes referred to as 'the Ullswater Fell'. The top of St Sunday Crag is triangular in plan with a third ridge running off due east. This crosses a depression (The Cape) before the lower top of Gavel Pike is reached. From below this is a shapely pyramid worthy of the "pike" designation although its subsidiarity is all too plain from above. Below Gavel Pike is the further top of Lord's Seat before the short east ridge falls away over rough ground to Deepdale.

Given the fine ridges to either side the summit of St Sunday Crag is surprisingly level and green. Two cairns sit upon the highest area where rocks protrude through the turf. A further cairn at the northern end of the summit area marks the prime viewpoint for Ullswater. A quartz cross, now hard to find amid the bilberry, lies above the crags marking the top of East Chockstone Gully. The view takes much of the area, Striding Edge and the crags of Fairfield being particularly prominent. Gavel Pike provides good views of the head of Deepdale.

Wainwright Fell -
St Sunday Crag is ranked number 23 in height in the full Wainwright listing - and number 10 in height in Wainwrights Eastern Fells.

A Series Of Vertical Gulleys -
The north western face above Grisedale is St Sunday Crag's chief glory. A series of vertical gullys penetrate the crags which together with the intervening ridges provide sport for scramblers and climbers. The Pinnacle Ridge is one of the most popular climbs for scramblers.

Birkett Fell -
St Sunday Crag is ranked number 32 in height in the full Birkett listing.

Highest Point On Ridge Route -
St Sunday Crag is the highest point on the north eastern ridge of Fairfield which runs for two miles before descending to the valley floor behind Patterdale village. Saint Sunday is a local name for Saint Dominic though it is not certain how this saint's name became attached to the fell.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Easten Fell, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, HuMP, Marilyn, Nuttall, Sim, Synge, Trail 100, Wainwright

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