28th June 2009

A circuit of Thirlmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 15.00
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 10.4 mile
Ascent N/A
Walking with Jennifer
Thirlmere Dam - Armboth - Hause Point - Dobgill Bridge - Steel End - Wythburn Church - Forest track to Swirls - Fisherplace Gill - Stanah - Bridge End Farm - Thitlmere 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

Reflections in Thirlmere.

Looking back towards the dam.

It was red hot and quite sunny at as we set off on our circuit of Thirlmere, and as nice as it was, I couldn't see it lasting until we finished the walk. Heavy showers had been forecast for the afternoon; and they weren't wrong. Never mind the doom and gloom though. What we had to do was enjoy the sunshine while it lasted.



I regularly drive along the main road between Keswick and Grasmere, and pass comment on just how low the waterline is, yet it's only when you actually get down to the lake itself that you realise just how low it really is.



Passing by Stenkin, found at the Wythburn end of the lake.

The view into Wyth Burn.

Steel End in front of Nab Crags.

Now for the return leg of the journey.

Wythburn Church.


The view of Thirlmere has really opened up since the recent tree felling took place and this (new??) section of track certainly makes the route from Wythburn to Swirls much easier than it was before.


And now looking back towards Steel Fell.

It was time for an ice cream stop at Swirls before heading across the fellside on the right hand side of the picture to Stanah.

Looking up to Browncove Crags.

And a view to Great How.

Well, they did forecast rain. What I didn't expect was it to be quite so heavy. For about 15 minutes it absolutely shucked it down.

And then, as if by magic, the sun was back out and it was red hot again.


Castle Rock seen from the side of the main A591.

And from the same spot, looking back to Stanah and Sticks Pass.

Thirlmere, Browncove Crags and Helvellyn Lower Man, taken from Thirlmere Dam.

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Lake District Walks