Fells around the foot of Thirlmere

Sat 4 Feb 2012

Route: Thirlmere Dam End - Raven Crag - Castle Crag Fort - The Benn - Shoulthwaite Gill - Smaithwaite - Bridge End Farm - Great How - Thirlmere Dam End

Distance: 6.25 miles

Ascent: 1,725ft

Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

With: On own


Overcast, windy. The weather took a dive with reduced visibility and snow/sleet for the second half of the walk.

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Raven Crag from below

Looking back down the path up through the woods

The Permissive Path to Raven Crag's summit is closed 'Due to Unsafe Trees'. Windblown to you and me. Guess I'll need to find a way round.

Back on the path above the windblown

Raven Crag's summit

Over Thirlmere towards Helvellyn from Raven Crag's summit

Blencathra (left) and Clough Head (right) from Raven Crag

Castle Crag Fort

Shoulthwaite Gill from Castle Crag Fort

High Seat from The Benn's summit

Thirlmere and Raven Crag from The Benn's summit

Forest track, Shoulthwaite Gill

Old packhorse bridge across St John's Beck

Path up Great How

Right at this junction for the summit

Great How's old summit cairn. Tree felling now allows access to the true summit

Looking back to the 'old' summit from the 'new', Great How

Round the bottom of Great How, above Thirlmere

The path to the dam

Raven Crag can just be made out from Thirlmere's dam

Previous Walk: Stybarrow Dodd plus from Glenridding (Thu 2 Feb 2012)

Next Walk: Angletarn Pikes, Angle Tarn and Brock Crags from Patterdale (Sun 5 Feb 2012)

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