Ill Crag

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Ill Crag
Ill Crag is located in Lake District
Ill Crag
Ill Crag
Lake District, England
Elevation 935 m (3,068 ft)
Prominence 57 m (187 ft)
Parent peak Scafell Pike
Listing Hewitt, Nuttall
Range Southern Fells
OS grid NY223073
Coordinates 54°27′18″N 3°12′00″W / 54.45512°N 3.19998°W / 54.45512; -3.19998Coordinates: 54°27′18″N 3°12′00″W / 54.45512°N 3.19998°W / 54.45512; -3.19998
Topo map OS Landrangers 89, 90
Easiest route From Esk Hause

Ill Crag is a fell in the English Lake District. By some counts it is the fourth highest peak in England, although many people, including Alfred Wainwright, consider it to be a subsidiary summit of Scafell Pike. Ill Crag overlooks Eskdale and has splendid views across to Bowfell and Crinkle Crags.


It forms part of the Scafell chain, and lies about 1 km east of Scafell Pike. Broad Crag lies immediately to the west, between Ill Crag and the Pike.


Ill Crag may be climbed en route to Scafell Pike, via a path from Esk Hause, but it is commonly passed by without going to the actual summit, which is rocky making progress slow. Ill Crag's summit is a few hundred metres to the south of the path from Esk Hause to Scafell Pike.

Claims as a Fell[edit]

Ill Crag is one of very few fells in the lake District not to be given a separate chapter in Alfred Wainwright's celebrated guide books, although Wainwright does give it a page in the Scafell Pike chapter. It therefore does not qualify as a Wainwright, though it is a Hewitt and also a Nuttall.

See also[edit]

Also this fell has fair evidence of being classed as a Fell because it is listed on official fell listings, Both websites list Ill Crag