Iron Crag from Caw Fell
|Elevation||640 m (2,100 ft)|
|Prominence||c. 57 m|
|Parent range||Lake District, Western Fells|
|Topo map||OS Landranger 89, 90, Explorer OL4, OL6|
|Listed summits of Iron Crag|
|Boat How||363 m|
Iron Crag is a mountain in the English Lake District, standing between Crag Fell and Caw Fell. The name of the fell is the source of some confusion, as the summit is unnamed on Ordnance Survey maps. Iron Crag apparently refers to the rocky outcrop below the summit, while the lower slopes are referred to as Ennerdale Fell. The Western aspect of the lower slopes, facing Ennerdale Water is known as The Side.
Iron Crag is separated from Caw Fell by an unnamed col at the watershed of Bleaberry Gill and Silvercove Beck. The Western slopes are separated by a much shallower col leading to Whoap. The gentler southern aspect, which is covered by rough grassland, covers a roughly triangular area, bordered on the South by Caw Fell and Bleaberry Gill, and on the West by Lank Rigg and Whoap. The Ennerdale Wall, running over the length of the ridge, marks a striking transition in vegetation, with the Northern slopes of Iron Cragg being mostly carpeted by heather.
Summit and view
The true summit, marked by a small cairn, is on the Northern aspect of the Ennerdale Wall
From the Fell Road at Kinniside, a track known as the Black Potts road leads Eastwards for around three miles, past Blakeley Raise, Grike and Crag Fell before ending at the lower slopes of Boat How. From here, the Ennerdale Wall can be followed to the summit area of Iron Crag.