17th July 2005

Out of food, out of water and out of energy - A section of the central ridge and Thirlmere shore path.


Walk Overview
Time 09.25 to 15.55
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 10.35 mile
Ascent 2549 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Dob Gill - Harrop Tarn - Bell Crags - Armboth Fell - High Tove - High Seat - Raven Crag - Thirlmere - Dob Gill
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Dobgill, Thirlmere

In stark contrast to the eastern side of Thirlmere this is a wonderfully quiet area with a succession of car parks along the road between Wythburn and Thirlmere dam.

Dobgill car park is free, has ample parking, public toilets and a convenient route up to the central ridge via Harrop Tarn.


Route Map

Harrop Tarn.
Every time I visit this tarn the first thing I notice that it has got even smaller. The tarn is gradually silting up and where I suppose this is just the natural progression of things and who are we to interfere. I can't help but think it would be a great loss the the Lake District if it were left to disappear completely.

This splendid well maintained sheepfold is found just below the summit of Bell Crags.
Judging by some of the features in the smallest of the two enclosures, it looks as though it used to be more than a simple sheepfold. One of the (windows?) can be seen on the far wall. we also found what looked like a walled up door on one of the walls.

Zooming in on Launchy Gill Tarn.

A hazy view across to Raven Crag, The Dodds, Clough Head and Blencathra from Armboth Fell summit.

High Tove Summit and a little bit of sunshine starting to show over to the west.

Looking over The Pewits and up to High Seat.
This is normally one of the wettest places in the Lake District, but due to the hot spell we've had recently it was much dryer than normal. However, even in these conditions we still had to zig zag through the area to find an "almost" dry route.

Just about in the middle of The Pewits.
After periods of heavy rain this particular section would be almost impossible to walk through. The best option would be to leave the fence and take a route to the left of this picture.

From High Seat summit looking down to Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite.
The large dark fells in the background are the Skiddaw fells.

Raven Crag with the Dodds behind taken from the route just below High Seat.

Zooming in on Thirlmere Dam from Raven Crag summit.

The forest track between Raven Crag and the Armboth / Thirlmere road.

From the track just above the road we could see the climbers on Raven Crag.
Much braver than me and I don't mind admitting it !!


The water level was so low we could actually walk across to Deergarth How Island.

And again looking the other way.

Hawes How Island from the permissive path along the shoreline.

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