Water Crag is the subsidary summit of Rogan’s Seat and qualifies as a 2,000ft summit in its own right and is a finer viewpoint than its parent fell.
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Situated one mile to the NNE of Rogan’s Seat the Ordnance Survey chose Water Crag as a location for one of their triangulation columns. The trig point and nearby stone shelter combine to make Water Crag a more ‘satisfying’ summit than the peaty top of Rogan’s Seat. Other summit features include an impressively built cairn, to the west of the trig point, which is given the rather derogatory name of ‘Pile of Stones’ on the OS map.
Another point in Water Crag’s favour is the magnificent long distance views, in my opinion it is one of the finest viewpoints in the Dales. On a clear day these include the Lake District fells in the west, the North York Moors to the east, the North Pennine hills to the north and the heights of the Yorkshire Dales to the south. With mile upon mile of moorland stretching out in all directions, Water Crag has a real feeling of remoteness not encountered in the more popular Three Peaks country to the south.
Water Crag gets it’s name from an actual gritstone crag on the western edge of the summit. It is off the beaten track, not that there are many paths thereabouts, but it is definitely worth a visit and is much more substantial than one might expect. A much more modest scattering of stones to the south-west of the summit goes by the name of Little Water Crag.
Any walk to Water Crag should really incorporate nearby Rogan’s Seat and vice-versa. Likewise any route should also include Gunnerside Gill or Swinner Gill or preferably both. A direct approach can be made by walking all the way up Gunnerside Gill as far as Blakethwaite Dams before striking out NNW across the pathless moor.