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Bannerdale Crags
683m (2242ft)

The Northern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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113th highest in England,
192nd in England & Wales

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149th highest in England,
251st in England & Wales

Walk Bannerdale Crags walking UK Mountains in The Northern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Bannerdale Crags Summit

Photo: Chris Haselden

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You can walk to the top of Bannerdale Crags by using any of these 3 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c122 Bowscale Fell from Mungrisdale

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.75ml (12.5km)
Ascent:2,453ft (748m)
Time:5.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c191 The Glendermackin Round from Mungrisdale

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.5ml (15km)
Ascent:3,070ft (936m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c245 Blencathra from Mungrisdale

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:3,264ft (995m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Bannerdale Crags Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Bannerdale Crags

Martin Hartshorne walked up Bannerdale Crags on January 12th, 2024 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] finley [weather] Grey low cloud cold, up thro the clouds blue skies & sunshine, stunning - All you could see was the highest mountain peaks poking out of the cloud

Clare Tait climbed Bannerdale Crags on August 13th, 2023 [from/via/route] Parked opposite village hall in Mungrisdale. Had to wait until pm to start due to weather. Took in Bannerdale Crags too. Easy walking. [with] Charlie - Our no 85 Wainwright.

Paul Macey bagged Bannerdale Crags on July 20th, 2023 [from/via/route] Using Walk 245 [weather] Mostly sunny some cloud towards end but not much 19 degrees at finish

Steve Lucas hiked Bannerdale Crags on September 24th, 2021 [with] On my own

Rob Prikanowski summited Bannerdale Crags on June 7th, 2023 [from/via/route] c245 [weather] Cloudy, later sunny & warm.

Christine Shepherd conquered Bannerdale Crags on October 5th, 2008 [from/via/route] Walked from Mungrisedale using walk c122 Climbed again on 10.8.2021 using walk c245 Repeated walk c245 on 3.4.2023 [with] On my own [weather] Fine & clear

Diane Edgar scaled Bannerdale Crags on April 6th, 2022 [from/via/route] Ascent from scales [with] Gil [weather] wet windy & a blizzard on the summit! By the time we got back to the car the sun was shining! - The extreme picnickers! got soaked to the skin! The people in the car park who were just setting off must have thought that we'd fell in the glenderamackin!

Rob Bennion walked up Bannerdale Crags on January 2nd, 2023 [from/via/route] Nearby Pub [with] Luke Bennion [weather] Cold, Clear, with Snow

Iain Jones climbed Bannerdale Crags on September 4th, 2022 [from/via/route] Trail Run from Mungrisdale

Mr Davison bagged Bannerdale Crags on June 25th, 2022 [from/via/route] blencathra & mungrisdale [with] ian furey, Ian F, Matrin, Mike, Simon [weather] windy, rain, sun

Geoff Hand hiked Bannerdale Crags on June 21st, 2022 [from/via/route] Walk c245 Blencathra or saddleback from Mungrisdale. So Mumgrisdale, Souther Fell, Blencathra, Atkinson Pike, Mungrisdale Common, Bannerdale Craggs, Bowscale Fell, back over Tarn Crags Top & Raven Crags. [with] With Tess, and Richard Macilwaine a fell running friend. [weather] Beautiful day, broken cloud, cool at times, 10mph wind. - Spotted a Red Squirrel on at the start, lots of swallows on Blencathra! plenty skylarks & then we saw a hare just as we were returning into Mungrisdale. Busy on Blencathra.

Kate Peacock summited Bannerdale Crags on April 23rd, 2022 [from/via/route] Dropped off near the pub at Mungrisedale to ascend Souther Fell, nice path up. Walked down the front of Blencathra [with] Me & Sheila [weather] No rain. Winds were crazy after Blencathra but we expected that. - We didn't descend as advised off Bowscale Fell as it would have been quite steep & the winds were a distraction. Slightly wrong twice coming down the front of Blencathra instead but we got there

Richard Marchant conquered Bannerdale Crags on March 5th, 2022 [from/via/route] Parked at the hamlet of Mungrisdale & then proceeded West along the River Glenderamackin & followed the track south of the The Tongue & up Bannerdale on to the ridge. From here I went North on to Bowscale then South on to Bannerdale Craggs. West on ro Mungrisdale Common & back again & down the valley Southwest following the River Glenderamackin again & veering off up on to Souther Fell & back to the car [with] On my own [weather] Glorious sunny day with blue skies hardly any wind & a frost first thing.

David Hughes scaled Bannerdale Crags on October 10th, 2021 [from/via/route] with DG + Waz [with] DG [weather] raining at 1st cleared up nice

Julie Besbrode walked up Bannerdale Crags on August 4th, 2021 [with] Damian, Sam, Robin, Oli & Cameron (Oli's friend) [weather] Warm & sunny

Richard Fulcher climbed Bannerdale Crags on September 21st, 2021 [from/via/route] Parked in Mungrisdale near red phone box (honesty box). Walked down the valley by the side of the Glenderamackin river past 'The Tongue' & then branched off up to Bannerdale Crags. Followed the path around the crags, stopping to eat whilst admiring the view & then up to Bowscale Fell. From there we took a steep path down to Bowscale Tarn & followed the easy track back to Bowscale & the road back to Mungrisdale. [with] Jen [weather] Fine weather. - Jen found the ascent challenging but easier than it first appeared.

Pete George bagged Bannerdale Crags on September 18th, 2021 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] Roco [weather] Drizzly & wet

Tim Winn hiked Bannerdale Crags on September 10th, 2021 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale. [with] Myself [weather] Overcast

Kevin Foster summited Bannerdale Crags on November 13th, 2020 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale village. [with] Diana and Henry. [weather] Cloudy, rain & intermittent sunshine. - After a long & gradual climb, following the Glenderamackin River as it twisted almost 360 degrees beneath Souther Fell, Bannerdale Crag itself & Sharp Edge on Blencathra, we were rewarded by a dramatic craggy drop, stunning views east & a rainbow!

Caroline Winter conquered Bannerdale Crags on August 26th, 2020 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale cottages, Gkendermackin river, skirted Tongue, Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale crags, Glendermackin [with] Becky [weather] Wet morning, clearing afternoon. Cloud walking to Bannerdale Crags. Warm with light breeze - One of the most pleasant & easiest walks. Chatting with two men from carlise doing wainwrights, who like ourselves were not expecting low cloud on Bannerdale Crags. We lost track coming off & ended up hacking our way through the bracken to get to river path. Liked the new bridge & detour due to river flood erosion

Stephen Batson scaled Bannerdale Crags on June 20th, 2020 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] Clare [weather] Mixture of sunshine, cloud & fox

Andrew Johnson walked up Bannerdale Crags on October 31st, 2019 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [weather] Sunny

Jamie Bryan climbed Bannerdale Crags on August 4th, 2019 [from/via/route] c245 [weather] Cloudy, then rainy, then clear

Craig Steeland bagged Bannerdale Crags on May 8th, 2018 [from/via/route] From car park in Mungrisdale village [with] Sue [weather] Warm & sunny to start, then cloudy, cold & heavy rain.

Christina Lander hiked Bannerdale Crags on November 17th, 2018 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale - Bowscale Fell - Bannerdale Crags - Blencathra - Scales Fell - Souther Fell - Mungrisdale [with] Dick & Meg [weather] A sunny, dry day, windy on the tops

Andy James summited Bannerdale Crags on August 14th, 2018 [from/via/route] Scales Fell [with] Suzie James

Tony Rogerson conquered Bannerdale Crags on July 14th, 2017 [from/via/route] Bowscale Bowscale Tarn Bowscale Fell Bannerdale Crags River Glenderamackin Souther Fell Mungrisdale [with] Darren Floss Robbie Ruby [weather] Cloud on higher fells

Richard Marshall scaled Bannerdale Crags on October 15th, 2017 [from/via/route] C245 [with] Andy Pratt and Bo [weather] Cloudy & rain

Nick Dobson walked up Bannerdale Crags on August 9th, 2017 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale, onto Souther Fell then Bannerdale Craggs finishing with Lonscale Fell [with] Margaret & Ralph [weather] Dry & breezy with cloud cover - A nice easy walk with no difficulty, apart from Storm Desmond damage still affecting two beck crossings

Derek Parkin climbed Bannerdale Crags on April 10th, 2016 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale Common [with] Lynn Parkin [weather] brezzy

Chris Sheard bagged Bannerdale Crags on April 20th, 2016 [from/via/route] Up from Mungrisdale via sharp edge [with] Solo but teamed up with Phil from Urmston on sharp edge [weather] Warm sunny day with lovely views - Walking alone is very enjoyable as there is just you to challenge or please. Enjoyed Phil's company

Leon Harvey hiked Bannerdale Crags on February 28th, 2016 [with] Solo [weather] Wet & Cloudy

Darren Gallagher summited Bannerdale Crags on December 10th, 2016 [from/via/route] From Mungrisdale , [weather] high cloud, wet

Simon Boddy conquered Bannerdale Crags on November 13th, 2016 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] My girlfriend [weather] Cloudy & chilly

Mark Davidson scaled Bannerdale Crags on September 22nd, 2006 [with] Alone [weather] Lovely & sunny & dry

John Almond walked up Bannerdale Crags on September 2nd, 2016 [from/via/route] go4awalk c245 - Mungrisdale - Souther Fell - Blencathra via Scales Tarn - Mungrisdale Common - BANNERDALE CRAGS - Bowscale Fell [with] Solo [weather] Wet & windy at times - Turned back on Sharp Edge!

Tom Mcbeath climbed Bannerdale Crags on October 14th, 2015 [from/via/route] From Mungridale Common [weather] Sunny day - clear views

Nick Christian bagged Bannerdale Crags on September 18th, 2015 [with] Mick Ottey

Christine Knowles hiked Bannerdale Crags on September 19th, 2015 [from/via/route] From Mungrisdale via Souther Fell & Mungrisdale Common [with] Graham [weather] Excellent - Great views

Victoria Bates summited Bannerdale Crags on September 4th, 2015 [from/via/route] c245 from Mosedale [with] Mark

Steve Frank conquered Bannerdale Crags on July 5th, 2015 [from/via/route] Mungrisedale

Anthony Scott scaled Bannerdale Crags on August 13th, 2015 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] Hayley, Jack, Austin, Mae and Ben [weather] Perfect! Blue sky, 21 degrees & some breeze

Joanne Mcgawley walked up Bannerdale Crags on July 3rd, 2015 [with] Rich [weather] HOT! - 9.5 MILES

Claire Lloyd climbed Bannerdale Crags on April 13th, 2007 [from/via/route] From Mungrisdale via The Tongue [with] Family

John Tippins bagged Bannerdale Crags on April 9th, 2015 [from/via/route] Threlkeld [with] Me [weather] Warm & sunny

Tracey Cowell hiked Bannerdale Crags on February 15th, 2015 [from/via/route] Bowscale fell [with] On my own [weather] Sunny

Clive Ward summited Bannerdale Crags on December 28th, 2014 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale, Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale, Glenderamackin. See Bowscale Fell for details [with] Hazel [weather] Clear, cold, snow - See Bowscale Fell

Keith Eastman conquered Bannerdale Crags on June 20th, 2014 [from/via/route] c245

Lynn Symonds scaled Bannerdale Crags on June 15th, 2014 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] Nicole

Phillip Bulley walked up Bannerdale Crags on May 24th, 2014 [from/via/route] Blencathra [with] Judith and Toby [weather] Overcast

Dave Eyes climbed Bannerdale Crags on May 16th, 2014 [from/via/route] From Car park after scales, up Souther Fell, down the side & up Bannerdale Crags & then over the top & round to Blencathra via blue Screes. Returning via Scales tarn. [with] Christine Eyes [weather] Sunny. Windy on tops

David Noble bagged Bannerdale Crags on March 29th, 2014 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] Nick and Dean [weather] Dry & misty

David Baines hiked Bannerdale Crags on June 29th, 2013 [from/via/route] Mungrisedale & east ridge onto summit plateau. [with] Alone [weather] Bright & dry - See Bowscale Fell.

Gill Watson summited Bannerdale Crags on May 25th, 2013 [with] Gill

Elaine Evans conquered Bannerdale Crags on November 22nd, 2013 [from/via/route] Approached from Bowscale Fell. Circular route from Mungrisedale, along road, up to Bowscale Tarn & Bowscale Fell, then across to Bannerdale Crags before descending to Mungrisedale again. [with] Sue [weather] Lovely sunny, calm day, dry, snow on tops. Cold out of sun. - Took shortcut down fairly steep grassy slope to river on way back as sun going down.

Harry Meijer scaled Bannerdale Crags on September 5th, 2013 [from/via/route] The Bannerdale Round,Mungrisdale [with] The Lake District Walker

Tim Buckley walked up Bannerdale Crags on August 15th, 2011 [from/via/route] From Mungrisedale Common, going to Bowscale Fell. [with] Esther. [weather] The wet weather had now cleared, but it was now extremely windy. - Esther was very tired at this point, we finished our lunch & pressed on.

Christopher Payne climbed Bannerdale Crags on June 27th, 2013 [from/via/route] g4w sheet c245 Blencathra from Mungrisdale [with] molly [weather] low cloud & wet - first time back on fells in 6 years

Darren Mortimer bagged Bannerdale Crags on May 5th, 2013 [from/via/route] c122 from Mungrisdale [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Wet & windy

Wayne Baxter hiked Bannerdale Crags on August 28th, 2011 [from/via/route] Mungridale, Souther Fell, Bannerdale Crags, Bowscale Fell & Mungridale [with] Sue [weather] Cloudy & very windy

Iain Taylor summited Bannerdale Crags on October 25th, 2009 [from/via/route] Nr Scales Farm (NY 34967 27223)

Chris Bramley conquered Bannerdale Crags on October 27th, 2012 [from/via/route] Scales blencathra [with] Bake, Jaqui and janet [weather] Cold but clear

John Cave scaled Bannerdale Crags on October 8th, 2012 [with] Ann [weather] Very good

Paul Carmichael walked up Bannerdale Crags on May 25th, 2012 [from/via/route] Mungrisdale [with] Solo

Stephen Littlewood climbed Bannerdale Crags on June 8th, 2007 [from/via/route] from Blencathra

Charlie Housley bagged Bannerdale Crags on October 19th, 2011 [from/via/route] Combined this peak with a ridge walk which also took in Souther Fell, Blencathra, Mungrisdale Common & Bowscale Fell. [with] Myself. [weather] Glorious. Probably one of the best weather days so far in our short "bagging" life. - A lot of people took advantage of the great weather today & I wasn`t far from company on the tops today.

Katherine Bonner, Seb Tobin, Patrick Rogozinski, Andrew Thornton, Melanie Dunn, Iain Ballard, Adrian Roberts, Matthew Thomas, Maxine Down, Jane Wilkinson, Jenny Godfrey, Mr M A Blanchard, Imogen Gunson, Louis Smith, Andrew Foster, David Watson, Jonathan Tobin, Robert Maclean, David Shaw, John Walter, David Laws, David Butterfield, Louise Sandwith, Elaine Grayson, Patricia Dilley, Roddy Mcdougall, Simon Duerden, Colin Egan, Raymond Barnett, Jill Dean, Paul Booth, Jeanette Coward, Tracey Cordes, Linda Mckeogh, Trevor Williams, Paul Henderson, Sarah Lowe, John Cuthbert, Chris Pople, Rob Barklamb, Stephen Millington, Jacqui Smith, Ray O'hara, Linda Walker and Libby Burns have all walked, climbed & bagged Bannerdale Crags.

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Bannerdale Crags

Skye (my fellow walker) on Bannerdale Crags in the snow

Skye (my fellow walker) on Bannerdale Crags in the snow

Photo: Peter Sykes (2)

Bannerdale Crags summit cairn with Blencathra beyond

Bannerdale Crags summit cairn with Blencathra beyond

Photo: Christine Shepherd (506)

Blencathra from Bannerdale Crags

Blencathra from Bannerdale Crags

Photo: Chris Haselden (17)

Souther Fell summit cairn with Blencathra (or Saddleback) (distance) and Bannerdale Crags in the background

Souther Fell summit cairn with Blencathra (or Saddleback) (distance) and Bannerdale Crags in the background

Photo: Alan Wainwright (108)

Bowscale Fell across the summit rim of Bannerdale Crags

Bowscale Fell across the summit rim of Bannerdale Crags

Photo: Andy Malcolm (248)

Bannerdale Crags summit cairn

Bannerdale Crags summit cairn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (139)

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) from Bannerdale Crags

Sharp Edge, Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) from Bannerdale Crags

Photo: Richard Nicholls (58)

View from the top of Bannerdale Crags

View from the top of Bannerdale Crags

Photo: Alan Wainwright (138)

Bowscale Fell from Bannerdale Crags

Bowscale Fell from Bannerdale Crags

Photo: Alan Wainwright (140)

Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) from the summit of High Rigg

Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) from the summit of High Rigg

Photo: Peter Crumpler (4)

Bannerdale Crags from Brunt Knott (Blencathra) below Sharp Edge

Bannerdale Crags from Brunt Knott (Blencathra) below Sharp Edge

Photo: Alan Wainwright (110)

The North Western Fells (far left distance), Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) and the shoulder of Clough Head (far right) from the summit of High Rigg

The North Western Fells (far left distance), Carl Side, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell (centre left), Great Calva (centre) and Belncathra or Saddleback, Bannerdale Crags and Souther Fell (centre right) and the shoulder of Clough Head (far right) from the summit of High Rigg

Photo: Peter Crumpler (3)

Bannerdale Crags (mid-ground) and Blencathra (or Saddleback) from Souther Fell

Bannerdale Crags (mid-ground) and Blencathra (or Saddleback) from Souther Fell

Photo: Alan Wainwright (107)

Bannerdale from between The Tongue and the sunlit east ridge of Bannerdale Crags

Bannerdale from between The Tongue and the sunlit east ridge of Bannerdale Crags

Photo: Andy Malcolm (249)

Bannerdale Crags from Bowscale Fell

Bannerdale Crags from Bowscale Fell

Photo: Mike Knipe (209)


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