14th August 2011

A circuit of Thirlmere


Walk Overview
Time 08.45 to 12.20
Duration 3 hr 35 min
Distance 10.5 mile
Ascent 900 ft
Walking with On my own
Thirlmere Dam - Armboth - Hause Point - Dob Gill - Steele End - Wythburn Church - Woods above A591 - Swirls - Dalehead Hall - A591 - Bridge End Farm - 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

Mist rising from the side of Castle Rock.

Thirlmere Dam.


Thirlmere reflections.

I always enjoy walking along this side of Thirlmere, whether it be along the shoreline path or as I did today, simply walking along the road. There always seems to be that lovely smell of wet earth and newly cut pine, and today in particular, I was accompanied by the almost constant sound of running water. I also had the drip drip drip of water running off the soaking wet leaves.

Life in the undergrowth.

After a week or more where we've had rain at some point every day, it was hardly surprising that there was so much water about. Every little trickle had grown into a mini waterfall and what is normally a gentle beck had been transformed into a torrent.



Dob Gill.


Steel End farm, Wythburn.

I'm safely across the main road now and ready to begin walking down the other side of the lake.

Wythburn Church.

This is a view down the forestry track that leads up from Wythburn Church to join the track to Swirls.


A view backwards shows the southern end of Thirlmere, Steel Fell and a short section of the A591.

Cloud on Browncove Crags,and doubtless on Helvellyn beyond.

The King's Head and the A591, taken from Dalehead Hall.

Dalehead Hall, the back of it anyway.



Raven Crag, taken from the road between Bridge End Farm and Thirlmere Dam.

Not far from the end now and all had to do was walk across the dam. This picture is looking ahead and down the lake,   whereas this one is looking back and towards Great Dodd / Calfhow Pike.

To finish, here's a somewhat brooding picture of Thirlmere.

David Hall -
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