3rd February 2013

Raven Crag


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 11.50
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 3.9 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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

After yesterdays blue sky, sunshine and cold conditions, today was completely different; cloudy and warm with strong winds. A short walk up Raven Crag seemed just right for a day like this.

I always think this type of 'rough' woodland is more enjoyable on cloudy damp days like this. It seems to bring out that lovely smell of wood and earth.

The sneaky viewpoint found a short distance from the main forest track.

Raven Crag taken from the forest track. Needless to say we'll be taking the easier route around the back.

A view up, , ,

, , , and a view down the path.

Can't see the wood for the trees.

It'll be nice to see the back of all these conifers bit it does seem a shame to loose the tunnel that used to be here.

There was a sign next to the fence when we set off today. It said the footpath to Raven Crag was open but once the forest operations start again it would be closed. To state the obvious, anyone wanting an easy walk up here should come sooner rather then later.

Looking down on Thirlmere Dam from the top of Raven Crag.

Now looking down to the middle section of Thirlmere.

and now the Dunmail Raise end of Thirlmere.

The view from Castle Crag (not the Borrowdale one). The fell you can just and so make out behind the tree is Lonscale Fell.

Castle Crag fort.



Shoulthwaite Moss in front of High Rigg.

Smaithwaite and Bridge End Farm.

I wonder if they've noticed the slight problem they have with over enthusiastic moles. If I were talking so someone who was actually from these parts I'd have said something like "Y've got sek a lot a mowdy eeps in yon field awer theer".
"you've got such a lot of mole heaps on that field over there"

It's only a short walk along the road back to the car and along the route you have good views across to Castle Rock and the Dodds.

A close up of Browncove Crags and Helvellyn Lower Man. Perfect timing, , , , as we got to the car it started raining.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks