1st January 2016

Happy New Year from Thirlmere and Raven Crag

Time 9:05am to 12:35pm
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer (just me on Raven Crag)
A591 - Bridge End Farm - Thirlmere Dam - road as far as Launchy Gill - Road back to Thirlmere Dam - Raven Crag - Thirlmere Dam - Bridge End Farm - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Roadside parking, Bridge End Farm junction with A591

With room for only about a dozen or so cars this spot tends to fill up rather quickly. If you do manage to get parked this is a really handy place to begin a walk onto the southern ridge of High Rigg or even Thirlmere which is only a shot walk down the road opposite the parking spaces.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


I believe it was sometime in the middle of the night that the new year arrived with us all, probably 12 o'clock but I can't be completely sure on that so I'm afraid you'll need to check for yourselves. Whatever time it was, this of course meant that the last one had to be pushed out of the way and left behind, consigned to the history books, the internet and our memories. But how will you remember 2015 and how long did those new years resolutions last; if you can still remember what they were? Speaking for myself, my 2015 resolutions were a total failure. I didn't manage to start smoking; mainly because the bloke in the cigarette shop asked for ID to prove I was over 21. Needless to say I didn't have any proof of age so I left the shop empty handed. As for eating more fatty foods, , , , well, that didn't really happen either.

Today, as I've just hinted, is the 1st of January so I guess we shouldn't dwell on our past failures and disappointments because stretching ahead of us is an empty year, and the good new folks, is that we can fill it with almost anything we want. And on that note: to start our year we're having a walk at Thirlmere. First of all a walk along the west side of the reservoir to give Jennifer some exercise on her knee and then I'll have a walk up (and down) Raven Crag on my own.

You might be wondering if I have any new years resolutions for 2016, , , , actually, I can't imagine why you'd be wondering about that but I'm still going to tell you I don't have any this year. Perhaps I have a lack of imagination but I couldn't think of any new ones and I didn't see the point of recycling last years in case the guy in the shop remembered me and kicked me out again.


Raven Crag seen as we cross Thirlmere Dam. I'm going up there on my own later but first of all we both have a walk along the Thirlmere road for a few miles.

Snow on the tops, cloud in the sky and a wintry wind blowing down the lake.

Don't forget to look up when you walking near the dam.

Surveying the flood damage. Not somewhere I'd like to have been when the flood was at it's worst.


Looking across to the opposite side of Thirlmere.



After going our separate ways I head up through the woods to get to Raven Crag.
That's Raven Crag up there, but don't panic, there's a surprisingly easy path to the top.

OK, I could be really nostalgic and say I miss the old path through the tunnel of trees but this is much better if I'm honest; or it will be when it's finished.
New steps found a little higher up the path.

Clough Head, Great Dodd and Watson's Dodd seen from Raven Crag summit.

The view towards the northern fells from Raven Crag.
It was quite slippery up here today so the views were ignored unless I was actually standing still. Those of you that have been here will understand why I said that.

A close up of Thirlmere Dam.

Here's a picture of the southern end of Thirlmere.

A close up of Helvellyn Lower Man, Browncove Crags and a little section of Helvellyn itself.

Time to head back down now. Jennifer's waiting in the car and I said I'd only be about an hour and a half.

Back at the road and I look across to Bridge End Farm, Castle Rock and the Dodds.

Not far to go now and I head back across the dam.

Blimey, this thing looks like it was partying a bit too hard last night.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks