7th September 2013

Raining on Raven Crag


Walk Overview
Time 08:45 to 10:45
Duration 2 hr
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


Out of the car, across the road and straight onto the path up through the woods.

I know you don't get the views when walking in places like this, and to be honest, had it been a bright sunny day we probably wouldn't have been here anyway. However, on damp days at this time of year, woodland walks like this offer a different type of reward for your efforts. The one thing I noticed most of all today was that smell of damp earth and newly cut wood.



Raven Crag towers above us as we continue upwards.

A little bit of sunshine on Raven Crag.

I took this picture as put on the waterproofs. The rain had began to move into the area as you can probably see from the lack of longer distance clarity. We had expected it to be a wet day so we can't really moan about it can I.

All the storm damaged trees were removed a while ago to reveal a new clearing on the forest. I still think it's a shame we've lost the tunnel that was down there but you can't do anything once Mother Nature gets herself in a bad mood.

Below is a picture of the tunnel taken on a previous visit.


Everything was dripping wet up here; including us. Although it was still very much enjoyable in its own strange way.

Raven Crag summit, seen from the relatively sheltered spot behind the trees.

And from the not so sheltered summit, a view across to Great Dodd, Clough Head and the southern end of High Rigg.

Back down we go, and as anyone who has walked here in the rain will appreciate, this is a rather slippery route down here so a little care is needed.

The route down follows the old forestry track.

Shoulthwaite Gill.


Apparently, the police in the Thirlmere area are on the lookout for someone with an assortment of spray cans and the initials "EA".

Smaithwaite and Bridge End.

Just down the road from the car and looking across the valley.

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