1st August 2015

A circuit of Thirlmere

Time 10:55am to 2:15pm
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 10.7 mile
Ascent Hard to say but not too much
Walking with Me and my thoughts
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



Looking across the fields, past the side of High Rigg and all the way to Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw.

Crossing Thirlmere Dam with Raven Crag ahead of me.

Despite the sunshine if felt more like it would if I were standing looking out to sea in October than standing on Thirlmere dam on the first day of August.


Raven Crag.

Looking back towards the Dam from the road along the western side of the lake.

and a close up, The fell behind is Clough Head.


Hardly surprising but there was lots of water about today.

A gap in the trees gave me a view across to the western slopes of Helvellyn.


Err, not sure what this guy was up to and to be honest I didn't hang around to ask.

Steel End Farm, found at the southern end of the lake / valley.


I'm on slightly higher ground for a while now and the view opens to show most of Thirlmere.

Looks a bit of a mess at the moment but the view has certainly opened up since the recent tree felling took place. For those that know this area, this is the point where the path from Wythburn Church meets the forest track.



Browncove Crags and Helvellyn Lower Man seen from the path around Dalehead Hall.

If you like fresh Raspberries then this is the place to come and although I didn't see a 'pick your own' sign I decided I'd still pick my own. Enough to fill a medium sized plastic sandwich box plus the ones I ate as I walked alone. Well, that's tonight's pudding sorted out. Now all I need to do is find a tin of custard somewhere.


Well, I really enjoyed that. I hadn't left home to do this walk but one of those little voices we all have in our heads talked me into stopping to do this walk instead of sticking to my plan "A" walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks