14th May 2006

A short walk through the woods above Thirlmere to Raven Crag and an ancient hill fort.


Walk Overview
Time 12.15 to 14.15
Duration 2 hr
Distance 2.8 mile
Ascent 1437 ft
Walking with On my own
Thirlmere Dam - Raven Crag - Castle Crag (fort) - The Benn - 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

Just after the start of the walk through Smaithwaite Banks and looking back down to the Armboth road.

There wasn't any sunshine today, but everything still looked bright and green.

The final approach to Raven Crag summit.

Thirlmere taken from the summit.

Thirlmere Dam also from the summit.

Looking across to The Benn.

Another photo from the summit, this one is looking down to Thirlmere through some of the many dead trees found on the summit.

Doubling back from Raven Crag.
The forecast was for heavy rain this afternoon and I couldn't get out until late morning, so I needed to do a walk with plenty of opportunities for cutting it short. I opted for Raven Crag and timed it just right, as I got back to the car it started to rain and it poured down all the way home.

Another of the out and backs I did during the walk, this one to, well, , , the sign says it all.

Raven Crag taken from The Benn.

And zooming in to Castle Crag Fort from the same place.


Thirlmere Dam.

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