St Sunday Crag

Details
Grid Ref NY 369 134
Height 2,756 ft

Without giving them to long to think about it, try asking any fell walker to name just a handful of the higher fells, not necessarily their favourites; just whatever comes to mind at the time. The chances are that St Sunday Crag will not be among them. Strangely, St Sunday Crag just doesn't seem to draw the same crowds as many of the other fells with similar proportions do; and I can't think why. The fell covers quite a substantial area and as a result, has so much to offer.

With an assortment of routes which would put many other fells to shame, ranging from the straightforward walk up Thornhow End to the wonderfully secluded route through Deepdale and Mossydale, St Sunday Crag simply has it all. Most of the routes are of a decent length, and although not always deserted, the fell is never really over crowded.

As for the name, I've looked in lots of old Lake District books, and some newer ones, yet none of them seen to have anything other than speculation. Perhaps the 'St' in St Sunday was never meant to be a person at all, it could simply be the remains of something totally different. What ever it's origins, I think this is a fantastic name for a fantastic fell.

 
 
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Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Patterdale - Thornhow End - St Sunday Crag
2.7 mile / approx 2300 ft ascent
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Without heading off path or setting off from somewhere obscure, this is just about the shortest route to St Sunday Crag's summit. It is also the most popular route. A nice level walk through lower Glenamara Park at the beginning leads to the steep path up Thornhow End. The steepness is short lived however, and the path soon takes on a less abrupt feel as it rises up to the lower ground between Birks and St Sunday Crag. The final section, although not a huge distance, always feels much further than it actually is.

 

Route suggestion: Patterdale - Glenamara Park - Thornhow - Grisdale - Ruthwaite Lodge - Grisdale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag
5.7 mile / approx 2500 ft ascent
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Never mind having to walk back down the fell again, this route to the summit of St Sunday Crag makes for a decent walk in itself. The start of the walk is a repeat of the Thornhow End route, only this time you turn right at the bottom of the ridge, walk down to the road and then head into the lovely valley of Grisedale. There are two paths through the lower section of Grisedale. One along the lower slopes of Birkhouse Moor and the other along the bottom of St Sunday Crag itself. Each is as good as the other, but purely because it's a bit more convenient, I've chosen to show the one that runs below St Sunday Crag.

Apart from St Sunday Crag, the other attraction along here is Grisedale Tarn. Ordinarily a great place for a bite to eat, but do you really want to fill your stomach and then walk up what is the steepest section of the route.


 

Route suggestion: Bridge End - Deepdale Hall - Wall End - Deepdale - Mossydale - Sleet Cove - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag
4 mile / approx 2300 ft ascent
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Now here is a fantastic Lakeland route if ever there was one. Deepdale and Mossydale offer a lovely couple of hours of quiet solitude away from the haunts of less inventive route planners, and apart from the pull up through Sleet Cove this is actually a relatively undemanding walk.

Although not a huge distance from civilisation, this is still quite a remote spot. In light of this, the less experienced walker may be better off taking a different route particularly if walking alone.


Photo gallery

Seen from Cofa Pike

 
A longer distance view of St Sunday Crag

Taken from Fairfield
 

Looking to St Sunday Crag summit from Deepdale Hause

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 17

29th April 2017 - Visiting Fairfield, a mini walking project - Walk No 6
  from Cow Bridge via Hartsop Above How and Hart Crag 9 mile about 3400 ft
Cow Bridge - Low Wood - Hartsop Above How - Hart Crag - Link Hause - Fairfield - Cofa Pike - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Lord's Seat - Coldcove Gill - Wall End - Deepdale Hall - Deepdale Bridge - Dubhow - Cow Bridge
 

15th April 2017 - Visiting Fairfield, a mini walking project - Walk No 3
  From Deepdale Bridge via Deepdale and The Step 10 mile 3600 ft
Deepdale Bridge - Wall End - Deepdale - Mossydale - Link Cove - The Step - Fairfield - Cofa Pike - Deepdale Hauae - St Sunday Crag - Birks - Thornhow End - Patterdale - Rooking - Deepdale Bridge
 

8th April 2017 - Visiting Fairfield, a mini walking project - Walk No 2
  From Patterdale via Grisedale 10.1 mile about 3600 ft
Patterdale - Grisedale - Grisedale Tarn - Fairfield - Cofa Pike - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Birks - Trough Head - Glenamara Park - Patterdale
 

21st January 2017- Coves, Combes and Holes of the Lake District - Walk No 2
  Two Coves on Birks 7.5 mile about 2700 ft
Patterdale - Grisedale - Elmhow - Blind Cove - Birks - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Cold Cove - Trough Head - Arnison Crag - Patterdale
 

8th October 2016
  A Deepdale Skyline 10.2 mile about 3500 ft
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Birks - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Link Hause - Hart Crag - Blake How - Hartsop Above How - Hoggill Brow - Gale Crag - Deepdale Bridge - Beckstones - Crookabeck - Rooking - Patterdale
 

16th June 2013
  Arnison Crag, Birks and St Sunday Crag 6.1 mile 2500 ft
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Birks - Gavel Pike - The Cape - St Sunday Crag - Thornhow End - Patterdale
 

12th February 2011
  St Sunday Crag from Patterdale 9 mile 2500 ft
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Birks - Gavel Pike - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Grisedale Tarn - Ruthwaite Lodge - Grisedale - Grisedale Bridge - Patterdale
 

15th May 2010
  St Sunday Crag and Grisedale from Patterdale 10.4 mile 3010 ft
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Trough Head - Birks - Gavel Pike - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Grisedale Tarn - Ruthwaite Lodge - north west path above Grisedale - road to Patterdale -
 

19th December 2009
  Deepdale, St Sunday Crag and Patterdale 8.5 mile 2450 ft
Deepdale Bridge - Deepdale Hall - Wall End - Deepdale - Mossy Dale - Sleet Cove - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Thornhow End - Patterdale - Crookabeck - Deepdale Bridge
 

24th January 2009
  A Gavel Pike hike to St Sunday Crag 7.2 mile 2700 ft
Patterdale - Rooking - Deepdale Bridge - Wall End - Gavel Pike - St Sunday Crag - Birks - Trough Head - Arnison Crag - Patterdale
 

20th July 2008
  A Sunday on St Sunday Crag 8.7 mile 2786 ft
Patterdale - Glenamara Park - Grisedale - Ruthwaie Lodge - Grisedale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Birks - Thornhow End - Glenamara Park - Patterdale
 

18th October 2007
  A frosty start for a walk up Birks, St Sunday Crag and into Deepdale 8.9 mile 2830 ft
Patterdale - Glenamara Park - thornhow End - Birks - Gavel Pike - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Sleet Cove - Deepdale - Deepdale Bridge - Crookabeck - Patterdale
 

14th October 2006
  A walk from Patterdale - Grisedale and St Sunday Crag 9.2 mile 3251 ft
Patterdale - Grisedale - Ruthwaite Lodge - Grisedale Tarn - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Gavel Pike - Lord's Seat - Birks - Arnison Crag - Patterdale
 

4th March 2006
  A long walk over nine of the Eastern fells from Patterdale. 14.4 mile 5650 ft
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Birks - St Sunday Crag - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywagon Pike - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Glenridding Common - Glenridding - Patterdale
 

29th October 2005
  A change of plan due to gale force winds on St Sunday Crag. 8.8 mile 2825 ft
Deepdale Bridge - Deepdale - Sleet Cove - Deepdale Hause - St Sunday Crag - Birks - Arnison Crag - Patterdale - Rooking - Deepdale Bridge
 

27th November 2004
  Arnison Crag to Grisedale Tarn. 9.5 mile 3169 ft
Patterdale - Arnison Crag - Birks - St Sunday Crag - Grisedale Tarn - Lanty's Tarn - Patterdale
 

25th April 2004
  A long walk from Patterdale - St Sunday Crag to Raise. 14.2 mile 5627 ft
Patterdale - St Sunday Crag - Deepdale Hause - Cofa Pike - Fairfield - Grisedale Tarn - Dollywaggon Pike - High Crag - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - Whiteside - Raise - Greenside Mines - Lanty's Tarn - Patterdale
 



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Lake District Walks