7th June 2009

Great How from Thirlmere Dam


Walk Overview
Time 09.35 to 10.45
Duration 1 hr 10 min
Distance 2.8 mile
Ascent 1000 ft
Walking with On my own
Thirlmere Dam - Great How - east side of Great How - Bridge End Farm - Thirlmere Dam
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

Thirlmere Dam with a tree covered Great How behind.

The view down the length of Thirlmere.


Another picture of Thirlmere Dam, this one showing Raven Crag.

Boardwalks in the woods at the bottom of Great How.

A gap in the trees allowed me this view of Raven Crag and the dam.

What a shame I only had a couple of hours today. It wasn't the brightest of days, but it would have been nice to at least have the chance to do a much longer walk. Never mind, the fells are going nowhere I suppose.

Evidence of recent forest operations found at the point where I left the main track and headed up to the summit.

It's been years since I was up here and I certainly didn't get this view last time I was here.

I've managed to get a few different numbers, but I seem to make it 26 more than anyother.

And now heading back down to the main track.


Peeping between the trees to see the little hamlet of Fisher Place.


Well, that explains the new track on this side of the fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks