|Name of walk||Raven Crag and Great How|
|Date of walk||2023-02-13|
On Monday we parked in the spaces opposite the bus stop at the turn off for the north end of Thirlmere. Ged and I planned to walk up to Raven Crag and then up to Great How. A walk of 5.6 miles. On the drive the weather was very cloudy until we had reached the other side of Dunmail Raise, then it was blue skies and sunshine.
Raven Crag from the walk to Thirlmere Dam. The wind was quite cold this morning, so hat and gloves were on.
Walking along the dam. No traffic now, as this section of the road is closed.
Lots of low cloud at Dunmail Raise.
One of the Manchester Corporation Waterworks buildings.
At the end of the road we turn right after the barrier. About 70m further on is the gate up to Raven Crag.
Now that so many trees have gone, due to the storm damage and felling, the view across to the fells has opened up.
Raven Crag looms over us.
Cloud hugging the tops as we head up to the deer gates.
View down the steps.
Boardwalk to the viewing platform. The cloud is coming over.
Panorama from the platform. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.
Looking towards Blencathra and Clough Head.
Great How, our next fell is down below. The Dodds behind.
I move off the platform for the view from the edge down to the road.
View directly down on the dam.
Looking down the lake, Helvellyn in the clouds. We hang around for half an hour and sit on a log, but the cloud stays, so we head back down.
View back along the boardwalk.
Back at the dam.
We head through the far barrier and take the permissive path along the front of Great How.
The dam from the wood.
Walking the permissive path.
When we reach the main track to Swirls we turn left and now take the path up to Great How.
It is a good wide track.
The final ascent path.
Looking back over to Raven Crag.
View to Skiddaw.
Double front somersault with pike?
We sit on the bench and admire the views.
We go up to the true summit.
Then head over to the other seat and small cairn.
Back down to the wide track that will lead us back to the car.
View of Castle Rock of Triermain from near to the car.
We drive home via Hawkshead (roadworks in Bowness), and stop off at Esthwaite Water. It was quite still, so there were some lovely reflections.
The walk took us 4hrs and 40mins. Some good views for not too much effort.