10th April 2005

A walk from Thirlmere Dam - Raven Crag and High Rigg.


Walk Overview
Time 12.30 to 16.35
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 7.9 mile
Ascent 2185 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Thirlmere Dam - Raven Crag - Castle Crag fort - Shoulthwaite Farm - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - A591 - Thirlmere Dam
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Thirlmere Dam

I think I'm correct in saying this is the preferred parking spot for peak baggers who are intent on a quick there and back walk up Raven Crag. And while this is indeed the closest parking spot to Raven Crag, there actually considerably more routes to be had from here. To name a few, you could undertake a complete circuit of Thirlmere, head north to St John's in the Vale and High Rigg or even have a short walk onto Great How.

In or around August 2011 a pay and display machine was installed in this car park.

However, , , , if you continue a short way down the road towards the A591 you can park for free in a lay-by. The free parking spot is indicated by the higher of the two red arrows.

Route Map

Calfhow Pike, Great Dodd and Watson's Dodd from the route up to Raven Crag.

Looking down Thirlmere from Raven Crag summit.

From Raven Crag summit again this time looking over High Rigg to Blencathra.

Another one from the summit, this one with Great Dodd and Watson's Dodd behind.

A short de-tour from the main path takes you to Castle Crag fort. It's well worth going out of your way for this fantastic view across to the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra.

Near Shoulthwaite Farm, this is the place marked on the OS map as weir. A lovely spot for a bite to eat.

Lonscale Fell and the Skiddaw falls from the path between the A591 and High Rigg.

One of the many small tarns / boggy sections along the High Rigg ridge.

Looking across to High Rigg. This picture shows a few of the many paths that run across High Rigg in almost every direction possible.
The dark fell in the background is Blencathra.

From High Rigg's ridge with the Lord's Seat fells on the left and Latrigg with the Skiddaw fells on the right.

Looking back along High Rigg's ridge.

High Rigg summit with the Skiddaw fells behind.

The summit again this time looking towards Blencathra.

St John's in the Vale Church.

Thirlmere from the dam.

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