17th May 2008

Raining on Raven Crag


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 12.00
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 2 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Thirlmere - Raven Crag - Thirlmere (across the dam and back)
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Thirlmere Dam

I think I'm correct in saying this is the preferred parking spot for peak baggers who are intent on a quick there and back walk up Raven Crag. And while this is indeed the closest parking spot to Raven Crag, there actually considerably more routes to be had from here. To name a few, you could undertake a complete circuit of Thirlmere, head north to St John's in the Vale and High Rigg or even have a short walk onto Great How.

In or around August 2011 a pay and display machine was installed in this car park.

However, , , , if you continue a short way down the road towards the A591 you can park for free in a lay-by. The free parking spot is indicated by the higher of the two red arrows.

Route Map

Just along from the car park I turned off the road to head into the woods. There is actually a sign pointing the way to Castle Crag ancient fort. After following that path for a while you'll come to one of the bigger forestry signs telling you which way to walk to Raven Crag, so all in all this a very easy route to follow.


Raven Crag seen from the place where you go through a gate in a Deer fence.

The craggy side of Raven Crag; not the route I took.

Lots of woodland pictures today.

Walking through a darker section of woodland. The flash on the camera lit the area up, otherwise it really was black dark.

There you go, looking back into the woods.

Approaching Raven Crag summit with hardly a view of the fells on the opposite side of the valley.


Thirlmere Dam seen from Raven Crag summit.

And Thirlmere itself.


Tall trees on the return leg of the walk.

I could see there was some heavier rain coming across from the eastern side of the valley, but I thought I'd still have a walk across the dam to get some pictures.

Heading back across the dam was a slightly quicker affair than it was on the original crossing.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks