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Black Crag (Pillar)
828m (2717ft)

The Western Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Black Crag (Pillar) as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
31st highest in England,
60th in England & Wales

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37th highest in England,
69th in England & Wales

Walk Black Crag (Pillar) walking UK Mountains in The Western Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Black Crag (Pillar) Summit

Photo: David Connolly

You can find Black Crag (Pillar) & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL4 The English Lakes - North Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


See Black Crag (Pillar) and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Black Crag (Pillar) and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


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You can walk to the top of Black Crag (Pillar) by using any of these 6 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c240 Kirk Fell, Pillar and Little Scoat Fell from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Fantastic high level walk with glorious views

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 7.75ml (12.5km)
Ascent:4,808ft (1,465m)
Time:7.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c160 Pillar from Gatesgarth, Buttermere

Simply awesome

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.25ml (16.5km)
Ascent:4,611ft (1,405m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c343 Pillar and Red Pike from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

One of Lakeland's finest walks - unmissable

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17km)
Ascent:4,001ft (1,219m)
Time:8 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c101 Pillar and Little Scoat Fell from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

One of Lakeland's finest walks - unmissable

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11ml (17.5km)
Ascent:4,782ft (1,457m)
Time:8.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water

Superb high level route from remote Wasdale

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.25ml (18km)
Ascent:5,819ft (1,773m)
Time:10 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)
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Walk c120 The Ennerdale Horseshoe

Strenuous, high level route worth every step - if you have the energy!

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 18.75ml (30km)
Ascent:7,309ft (2,408m)
Time:14.75hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Black Crag (Pillar) Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Black Crag (Pillar)

Martin Woods walked up Black Crag (Pillar) on March 4th, 2023 [from/via/route] Old man of Coniston to Swirl How, Black Sails & Wetherlam c306 [with] N/A [weather] Overcast, 7 degerees in the valley cold on the tops - Be careful of navigation towards Swirl How easy to forget where you are up to

Kevin Foster climbed Black Crag (Pillar) on July 7th, 2022 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head [with] By myself. [weather] Dry & sunny. - Continuation of the ridge from Pillar.

Paul Macey bagged Black Crag (Pillar) on August 16th, 2021 [from/via/route] C101

Christine Shepherd hiked Black Crag (Pillar) on May 14th, 2005 [from/via/route] Walked from Wasdale Head as part of The Mosedale Horseshoe Climbed again 23.08.21 using walk c240 [with] On my own [weather] Slightly overcast but fine for walking.

Angela Moroney summited Black Crag (Pillar) on August 6th, 2020 [from/via/route] wast water [with] JC

Caroline Winter conquered Black Crag (Pillar) on August 3rd, 2020 [from/via/route] Overbeck bridge, Yewbarrow Bell rib scramble, North top (Stirrup crag), Dore Head, Red Pike, Black Crag, Pillar, Little Scoat Fell, Haycock, Nether Beck [with] Becky [weather] Clear & warm - Pleasant, easy scramble up Yewbarrow. Retreated to easy path to Dore Head. 3 x Bob Graham competitors arrived at Pillar, as we finished lunch. Squeezed in Haycock before long tiring descent of Beck. Picquesque water falls heading down

Anthony Scott scaled Black Crag (Pillar) on July 12th, 2017 [from/via/route] Wast Water [with] me [weather] Blue sky then white cloud. No wind

Mark Davidson walked up Black Crag (Pillar) on July 20th, 2004 [with] Alone [weather] Glorious

Tony Rogerson climbed Black Crag (Pillar) on August 27th, 2013 [from/via/route] Wasdale Head High Level Route Scoat Fell Steeple & Red Pike [weather] Low cloud clearing to sunny

Darren Mortimer bagged Black Crag (Pillar) on August 10th, 2012 [from/via/route] Wasdale [with] Dermot Palmer [weather] Sunny

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Black Crag (Pillar)

Black Crag (Pillar), Wind Gap, Pillar and Looking Stead (Pillar) above Mosedale from Wasdale Head

Black Crag (Pillar), Wind Gap, Pillar and Looking Stead (Pillar) above Mosedale from Wasdale Head

Photo: Andy Malcolm (241)


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