Gray Crag (Hayeswater)
The Far Eastern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England
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Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Gray Crag (Hayeswater)
Chris Sheard walked up on September 30th, 2019 [from/via/route] Circular from Hartsop dodd and round Thornthwaite Crag via the mouth [with] George [weather] Quite cool in latter part of day with with variable winds - Managed a nice walk in good then rainy conditions
Richard Beardsley climbed on September 20th, 2019 [from/via/route] Route C231 from Hartsop. [with] Gillian. [weather] Clear, fine and a beautiful sunny day for late September. - Parked car at Cow Bridge car park. (donation into box). Commenced at 0945hrs. and stuck to the route apart from not visiting the top of Cauldale Head to take in the views. The good weather certainly brought out individual groups of walkers so we were not alone. Arrived back to the car at 1515hrs. After a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Kevin Foster bagged on May 28th, 2019 [from/via/route] Thornwaite Crag. [with] Henry. [weather] Sunny and hot becoming cloudier later on with a cold northerly breeze. - This was no more than a gentle descent on grass down an undulating ridge. The top of Gray Crag lies beyond the second col but before the wall that crosses the summit and is unmarked. Just a metre lower and beyond the cross wall is a large cairn which is generally recognised as the summit and has the better views. The views of Hayeswater and the valley of Pasture Beck on the descent are great. I also noticed a massive gully on the slopes of Brock Crag I think? which looked as if it would make a great scramble. One to investigate in future maybe?
Elaine Evans hiked on May 2nd, 2019 [from/via/route] From car park at Hartsop, ascended steeply up to Hartsop Dodd, continued to Stony Cove Pike, followed path and descended to cull then up to Thornthwaite Crag and on to Gray Crag before returning to Hartsop. Similar route to c231. [with] Sue [weather] Mostly dry, warm in some places but also a welcome cool breeze at times. Rained for last 10 minutes of walk but still quite pleasant. - Missed you CJ! One of our best walks, helped enormously be the favourable weather conditions and clear visibility.
Nick Dobson summited on July 23rd, 2018 [from/via/route] Hartsop up through Threshwaite via Thornthwaite Crag [with] Margaret & Ralph [weather] Overcast, cloudy and persistent drizzle - Had lunch under the beacon on Thornthwaite Crag, sat against the wall with no visible views, before heading over to Gray Crag. As we descended from Thornthwaite Crag it stopped raining and small pockets of views appeared as we crossed Gray Crag and descended the North Face before returning to Hartsop.
Christina Lander conquered on February 26th, 2019 [from/via/route] Hartsop - Hartsop Dodd - Stony Cove Pike (Caudale Moor) - Thornthwaite Crag - Gray Crag - Hartsop [with] Dick & Meg [weather] A beautiful sunny day
Craig Steeland scaled on August 4th, 2018 [from/via/route] From Limefitt bus stop in Troutbeck [with] With Sue [weather] Warm and partly cloudy with excellent visibility
Julian Parry walked up on April 5th, 2018 [from/via/route] C231 [with] Nuno Malo
Wayne Baxter climbed on April 25th, 2018 [from/via/route] Hartsop Cow Bridge car park to Hartsop Dodd, Caudale Moor (Stony Cove Pike), Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag back to Cow Bridge car park [with] Sue [weather] Cloudy with a few very heavy down falls
Richard Fulcher bagged on February 25th, 2018 [from/via/route] Cow Bridge car park [with] Dave J [weather] Sunny, clear blue sky, cold (-2c) - An enjoyable walk except for the frozen patches of snow on the hillsides - needed my cheap stainless steel grips - Scarpa boots came apart & need throwing out.
Derek Parkin hiked on April 16th, 2016 [from/via/route] Mardale III Bell [with] Lynn Parkin [weather] sunny
Paul Macey summited on August 12th, 2017 [from/via/route] C231
Chris Tomlinson conquered on June 12th, 2017 [from/via/route] Cow Bridge Car Park via Hartsop village [with] Will Burrows, Tim Morgan, Dave Rolinson [weather] Warm and dry but cloudy and a small amount of light rain on top (not enough to put on waterproofs though) - Fab walk and a very steep early ascent. Set off later than planned at 11:35 but completed the whole walk in the allotted time of 5hr 45m Extremely windy at times but the views are awesome.
John Walter scaled on May 17th, 2017 [with] Tricia
Simon Boddy walked up on May 7th, 2017 [from/via/route] Cow Bridge [with] My girlfriend [weather] Cool and breezy
John Tippins climbed on April 12th, 2017 [from/via/route] Hartsop [with] Alone [weather] Weather was lousy in the morning - rain and very low cloud. Didn't venture out until the afternoon, which was a lovely sunny day though a bit blowy and chilly on top.
Colin Egan bagged on April 5th, 2017 [from/via/route] Continuation from Thornthwaite Crag, 5th of 6 fells today. Unplanned detour to include this one as was the easiest way to bag it without a full climb [with] My wife Faith [weather] Sunny day with some cloud, wind cold and strong on summit. - Pleasant and simple walk down along the northern ridge to this top. Lovely views down towards the valleys below. Impressive view of the western flank of High Street, really showed how massive it is.
Michael Nolan hiked on February 14th, 2017 [from/via/route] cowbridge [weather] beautiful cold and clear
Michael Nolan summited on February 14th, 2017 [from/via/route] cowbridge [weather] beautiful cold and clear (ish!)
Leon Harvey conquered on May 26th, 2016 [with] Solo
Emily Sharratt scaled on October 8th, 2016 [from/via/route] From Kentmere via the Garburn Pass [with] James [weather] Lovely bright and a bit breezy - Part of the Greater Kentmere Horseshoe
Mark Davidson walked up on November 3rd, 2006 [with] Mike [weather] Clear and sunny but cold November day - especially for camping!
Adrian Sherriff climbed on September 14th, 2016 [from/via/route] c231
Clive Ward bagged on August 19th, 2016 [from/via/route] Haweswater, Riggindale, High Street, Thornthwaite. Return via Mardale Ill Bell and Nan Bield [with] Ian, Chris, Derek Proudlock, Dave Bell, Dave Pearson [weather] Terrible. Heavy rain, strong wind, cold - Glad to get back. I dodn't have enough warm gear
Charlie Housley hiked on May 10th, 2016 [from/via/route] Parked up in the Hartsop village car park at 07.00hrs and walked up following the path along Pasture Beck, up to Threshthwaite Mouth and then took the path in a NE direction. [with] Candy the dog. [weather] Another stunning morning. The temperature was very mild, approximately 20˚C with a lovely cooling breeze. - Last of the Far Eastern Fells, now just the not so small matter of the remaining Southern Fells to complete all the Wainwrights.
Anthony Scott summited on April 19th, 2016 [from/via/route] Walk c231 [with] me [weather] Perfect! Sunny and light winds - Very easy route from Thornthwaite Crag. Steep descent down to Hartsop, wouldn't fancy it in mist or wet weather.
David Baines has conquered [from/via/route] Hartsop, High Street, Mardale Ill Bell and Thorthwaite Crag. [with] Alone [weather] Overcast, dry, swirling mist and breezey on top. - This is a really excellent circular walk from Hartsop. Some stunning views for most of the walk & final descent down Gray Crag's North ridge is not as bad as it looks from the road. The steepest bit is just before you join back up with the track upto Hayswater dam.
Tracey Cowell scaled on October 13th, 2015 [from/via/route] Pasture Beck/Hartsop Dodd/Stony Cove Pike/ Thornthwaite Crag/Gray Crag/Hartsop [with] solo (but met some nice walkers) [weather] Sunny/Misty/Part Cloudy with a cold wind on top of summits.
Tony Rogerson walked up on August 11th, 2013 [from/via/route] Hartsop Gray Crag Stony Cove Pike & Hartsop Dodd [with] Shirley [weather] Sunny with some low cloud
Kevin Parnham climbed on September 28th, 2015 [from/via/route] From Hartsop via Caudale Moor and Threshthwaite Mouth [with] Jo [weather] Warm and sunny
Phillip Bulley bagged on September 8th, 2015 [from/via/route] Thornwaite Crag [with] Judith and Toby. [weather] Sunny
Michael Smith hiked on September 1st, 2015 [weather] FIr
Mark Hanley summited on August 29th, 2015 [from/via/route] Paterdale [with] Myself [weather] It rained
Christine Knowles conquered on February 21st, 2015 [from/via/route] Hartsop, straight up the front as we didn't find the path. [with] Graham [weather] Beautiful winter day, sunny. - Hands on grass up first bit, very steep!
Marcus Bradshaw scaled on January 2nd, 2015 [from/via/route] Start Cow Bridge car park at Hartsop. Grey Crag, Thornthwaite Crag, Stoney Cove Pike, Hartsop Dodd [with] Marcus, Pete, Cathy and Charlie the Dog [weather] Very windy with some hailstone
David Noble walked up on December 13th, 2014 [from/via/route] Hartsop [with] Jack [weather] Snowing -12 wind temp 5 to 7" snow and up to 2 to 3 ft in places
David Preston climbed on June 28th, 2014 [from/via/route] Go4awalk walk c231 from Hartsop [with] On my own [weather] Sunny day
Harry Meijer bagged on August 17th, 2014 [from/via/route] Private Guided Walk [with] The Lake District Walker
John Almond hiked on July 28th, 2014 [from/via/route] go4awalk c231 Stony Cove Pike & Gray Crag from Hartsop. Starting at small parking area just east of Hartsop village - via Hartsop Dodd, Stony Cove Pike (Cauldale Moor) and Thornthwaite Crag [weather] sunny with patchy clouds
Dave Eyes summited on July 12th, 2014 [from/via/route] From Hartsop. Up Hartsop Dodd, to Stony Cove Pike, to Gray Crag, to Thornecroft Crag, to High Street, to Kidsty Pike, to High Raise, to Rampsgill Head back down the valley and back to Hartsop [with] Chris [weather] Fine all day with great views. Windy on Top. Rained in last 5 minutes
Jon Mapp conquered on June 22nd, 2014 [from/via/route] from hartsop - including Hartsop Dodd, Thornthwaite Crag, Caudale Moor [with] Suzzanné of course but also Robin and Caroline [weather] Sunny - but not too hot - Easier climb down than it would have been from Hartsop Dodd
Alan Davidson scaled on March 10th, 2014 [from/via/route] from hartsop over hartsop dodd to stony cove pike and threshthwaite cragangie [with] angie [weather] misty
James Brocken walked up on February 23rd, 2014 [from/via/route] Kentmere - Broke leg and ankle during descent
Stephen Mcdonald climbed on November 24th, 2013 [from/via/route] C231 walk number [with] Joanna and Sunny [weather] Misty and cold at the top - Tough walk up to Hartsop Dodd but all in all a pleasant walk
Joanne Mcgawley bagged on October 12th, 2013 [from/via/route] Hartsop Dodd, Thornthwaite Crag, Gray Crag [with] Rich [weather] Incredibly Windy!! - 7.55 miles
John Nicholson hiked on April 11th, 2010 [from/via/route] C231 - Stony Cove Pike & Grey Crag from Hartsop [with] Ben [weather] Sunny all day - very steep coming down
Iain Taylor summited on December 23rd, 2011 [from/via/route] Hartside Cross (NY 64640 41858)
Simon Smith conquered on April 13th, 2012 [weather] A little of everything except rain - sun, wind, cloud.
Stella Nuttall scaled on October 30th, 2009 - 4hrs 20 mins extremely steep to hartsop and the again up to thornthwaite
Christine Shepherd walked up on February 20th, 2009 [from/via/route] Walked from Hartsop using walk c231 [with] Jenny [weather] Very changeable; snow, mist and winter sunshine in equal measure.
Stephen Littlewood climbed on June 9th, 2009 [from/via/route] from Hartsop
Chris Bramley bagged on April 14th, 2012 [from/via/route] Thornthwaite cragg [with] Daren, Harry, Jan and Callum [weather] Cold wind, hail and sun
Darren Mortimer hiked on November 13th, 2011 [from/via/route] Kentmere [with] Dermot Palmer & Richard Johnson [weather] Sunny with mist
Melanie Dunn, Jenny Godfrey, Mr M A Blanchard, David Watson, Louis Smith, Jo Dixon, Alan Fowler, Raymond Barnett, Roddy Mcdougall, Louise Sandwith, Patricia Dilley, Linda Mckeogh, Simon Duerden, Jonathan Tobin, Paul Booth, Victoria Bates, Tracey Cordes, Darren Gallagher, Trevor Williams, Paul Henderson, Libby Burns, John Cuthbert, Patrick Buckland, Stephen Millington, Rob Barklamb, Jeanette Coward and Ray O'Hara have all walked, climbed & bagged Gray Crag (Hayeswater).
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