Raven Crag and Great How Round

Name of walk Raven Crag and Great How Round
Date of walk 2010-04-20

Yesterday Ged, Kas the dog and I set off for the northern tip of Thirlmere to walk up Raven Crag (1520ft) on the west, and Great How on the east side of the lake. There was hill fog forecast for today so there was no point in going too high.  I parked in the lay-by at Swirls intending to walk the 1.5 miles along the lovely lakeside path to Great How.

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View to Raven Crag on the left and Great How on the right.

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Waterfall on the way down to the lakeside path.

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Unfortunately the old, wooded lakeside path didn`t last very long before it changed into something more akin to a motorway.

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Looking back.

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Looking towards Great How along the newly surfaced motorway which went the full mile and a half that the old path went. Next time I`ll just park at Raven Crag!

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Thankfully the path that skirts Great How was untouched.

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Raven Crag from the dam.

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Manchester Corporation Dam building.

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Looking up at the Crag face

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.....and looking down at the dam and across at Great How. It is a sheer drop so Kas was on the lead.

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Looking up Thirlmere. Helvellyn on the left. We stopped for lunch here.

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Blencathra left and Clough Head in the middle.

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Looking through the trees to Skiddaw. The weather was improving in the north and would hopefully reach us soon.

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We then took a short detour to Castle Crag Fort.

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It is just an earth mound, nothing spectacular, but had good views down Shoulthwaite gill.

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Just the odd log or two!

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Heading around The Benn.

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Emerging from a rather dence bit of conifer forest after a minor detour!

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Looking back up Shoulthwaite Gill from the weir.

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Dodd Crag on Bleaberry Fell.

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We took the public footpath to Smaithwaite. This old building had a sign stating it was built in 1625. Just behind me the new farm house was being built.

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The river must have been much narrower at one stage. It leads to Bridge End Farm. Raven Crag in the background.

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We walked through the farm yard. I was being watched!

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Wild primroses on the way up Great How.

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So many trees have been cut down since the last time I came up here three years ago. The path up used to be in dense woodland, but not anymore.

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View over to Raven Crag.

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So civilised to have a seat on the summit! The Dodds behind me.

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All the trees on the summit have now gone..

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...double-back somersalt with pike?

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Heading back down to the "motorway".

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Great How from the lake shore.

The walk was just over eight miles. If we had parked at Raven Crag it would have been 5.5 miles.
Jo.
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