23rd January 2011

Raven Crag


Walk Overview
Time 09.05 to 11.20
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 3.9 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Thirlmere Dam - Raven Crag - Castle Crag - forest track to Shoulthwaite Gill - Thirlmere Road - 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

This is one way to stop people parking, , , , although I suspect they're just waiting to be collected.

I didn't have a huge amount of time today because there was somewhere I needed to be this afternoon, so I opted for a walk up Raven Crag. For obvious reasons (the trees) you're not treated to none stop views on this walk, but the ones you do get are well worth the effort, and depending on how you interpret the word interesting, it makes for an interesting and enjoyable walk nontheless.

Not too far from the start and the craggy side of Raven Crag comes into view.

About half way up raven crag a gap in the trees allowed me this view across Thirlmere towards Helvellyn.

Raven Crag seen from below.
I think I'll leave that route for the more adventurous.

Looking up the path through the woods, , ,

, , , and now looking back down.

I couldn't decide whether to walk across to Castle Crag or walk up Raven Crag first. In the end I took this picture of Castle Crag and then headed back to Raven Crag. I know it's confusing and it makes the picture seem as though they're out of sequence but it's just the way it turned out.

Only a boardwalks walk away from Raven Crag summit.
The fell above the cairn if Watson's Dodd.

A view down Thirlmere from Raven Crag; taken just below the summit.

Looking down to the Dam.

A little further round and Blencathra comes into view. The Skiddaw fells are also there on the left, but the trees are in the way.

Another picture looking down from Raven Crag to Thirlmere.

The fells in the background are:

Left - Raise

Middle - White Side

Right - Browncove Crags, Helvellyn Lower Man, and although you can't actually see Helvellyn's summit, it's as good as in the picture.

Perhaps this sign should say "Keep out of the bog".

I'm sure all these lumps and bumps would mean something to the trained eye, but I have to admit it doesn't make much sense to me. Although, now that someone has actually pointed out that this was the site of an ancient fort I can understand why they built it here. Apart from that, all I know, is that I know nothing!

My main reason for walking across to the fort was for this view.

Raven Crag and Castle Crag have both been visited and it's time to head down. Now with a clear view of the Skiddaw Fells.

Looking up Shoulthwaite Gill from what's left of the weir.

This wasn't the track I'd walked along; that one is to the left of the picture. This one just runs into Shoulthwaite Moss as far as the trees. Anyway: the higher of the fells in the background are Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw.

I suppose twenty seconds of sunshine is better than none at all.

A short(ish) walk along the road took me back to the car, and about half way there, I took this final picture of Raven Crag.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks