A Circuit of Thirlmere and Raven Crag

Name of walk A Circuit of Thirlmere and Raven Crag
Date of walk 2013-05-03
Distance walked (miles) 13
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunny
Peaks on walk Raven Crag
Walked with On own
Parking Roadside opposite bus stop, next to road to Thirlmere.

Yesterday I decided to make the most of another good weather day and walk around Thirlmere. I would also include a walk up to Raven Crag. A Central Fell Wainwright (1512ft). A walk of about 13 miles. The route along the west side of Thirlmere makes up a portion of the K2B…….so all good practise!

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I parked on the side of the A591 at Bridge End and headed for the dam. It was a chilly 5C. Looking over at Raven Crag.

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A closer view.

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One of the Manchester Corporation Waterworks buildings......matches the Straining Well.

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Looking down Thirlmere from the dam.

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I head up through woodland crossing the forest track to the path via the deer gates

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Approaching the summit. I haven't been up here for a couple of years, the last part of the route has been ruined by tree felling and the wheels of timber lorries, I hope it is only temporary.

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Looking out to Blencathra

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Looking across Great How to the Sticks Pass route up to The Dodds. Still some snow around

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View down to the dam from the edge

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Looking down the lake.

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The detour up and down took just over an hour. I continue on the road, not the lake shore path, which I would usually use. Looking back to the dam.

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I get fed up of the road, so at intervals I walk down to the lake shore to see the views. This puts the mileage well over 13 miles in reality!

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The west side road is very quiet.

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From the Steel End car park I divert to the very end of Thirlmere. Views to Lonscale Fell.

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At the road end I cross the main road and take the woodland path to Wythburn Church, built 1640.

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The Good Shepherd by Henry Holiday, 1892.

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I stop for lunch on the church yard seat in the sun. Then head up the steep path towards the permissive path to Swirls.

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I make a brief stop at the small bothy.

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View back along Thirlmere, the Straining Well below, my route ahead

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This part of the route seems to take quicker than usual. In the parking area opposite Swirls is a most welcome sight. An ice cream van! So I buy an ice cream and a can of diet coke. View down to the lake shore route back to Great How. I just nipped up here for the view!

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This used to be a route where the narrow track was only about 4ft wide, with a mass of plant life either side and loads of butterflies and birds. Now with "improvements", it is a motorway devoid of all wildlife. Such a shame! I take the route via Dalehead Hall.

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Then head back to the lake shore.

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I will head off right at the base of Great How.

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Looking back along the A591 as I the follow the track along the east side of Great How.

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Route to the road.

The path leads me opposite to where I parked my car. The walk took a leisurely 6 hours.
An easy and very quiet walk.

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