22nd July 2012

A circuit of Thirlmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 14.15
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 10.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Bridge End Farm - Thirlmere Dam - Armboth - Hause Point - Dob Gill - Steele End - Woods above A591 - Swirls - Dalegarth Hall - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Bridge End Farm junction with A591

With room for only about a dozen or so cars this spot tends to fill up rather quickly. If you do manage to get parked this is a really handy place to begin a walk onto the southern ridge of High Rigg or even Thirlmere which is only a shot walk down the road opposite the parking spaces.


Route Map

After walking over 21 mile with 5500ft of ascent yesterday, an easier walk seemed quite appealing today. I wasn't bothered about the distance but lots of difficult ascents would have had the legs screaming. to be honest the weather wasn't particularly great anyway so a walk around Thirlmere fit the bill perfectly.

I suppose you can't say they haven't got straight to the point.

Raven Crag, seen above Thirlmere Dam.
There wasn't half a strong wing blowing down the lake. Even at this low level it was playing havoc with my hair style.

Choppy waters. Good job we left the rowing boat at home.


Looking across to White Side and Helvellyn.

A view down Thirlmere clearly shows the gap in the fells which is Dunmail Raise.
Steel Fell it the one behind the tree on the right of the picture.


Hardly surprising after all the rain we've had but all the becks and streams were flowing nicely today.

Here comes the rain. Actually it was more of a heavy drizzle, but it was still wet.

Passing by Steel End.

Looking through / across Dunmail Raise to Helm Crag.


From the higher forest path a gap in the trees gives you this view down to Steel End and into Wyth Burn.


The view open up again and now I'm looking across to the Armboth side / Dam end of the lake.

I took this picture looking towards the Stanah / Legberthwaite end of the valley from Swirls car park.

Rather than stick to the shoreline we took the slight de-tour around the side of Dalehead Hall.

It seems to have brightened up a little as I look back across to Thirlmere.

And to finish, a view looking back up the valley. The side of White Side and Browncove Crags are on the opposite side of the valley.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks