20th November 2016

A circuit of Thirlmere

Time 9:35am to 1:55pm
Duration 4 hr 20 min
Distance 10.4 mile
Ascent Hardly any ascent
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Bridge End Farm - Thirlmere Dam - Armboth - Hause Point - Dob Gill - Steele End - Woods above A591 - Swirls - 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.
Route Map


Well, we didn't expect to be doing this particular walk today. The sky is mostly blue, the fells are mostly white and we have to stick to lower ground. Earlier in the week I had a bad fall at home and may have caused some damage to my lower back. Sadly for me, it only hurts when I walk up hill. Mmmmm, that's not good for someone who lives life the way I do. Ah well, I can only hope it clears up and doesn't linger for any great length of time.
Here we walk past Bridge End Farm shortly before being overtaken by a lady who it turns out is also doing a circuit of Thirlmere. The thing is, she overtook us here but we somehow managed to reach the path on the opposite side of the lake before she did.

"never heard of soap and water"

Raven Crag seen from Thirlmere Dam


Eagle eyed Jennifer spotted this chap running across the road before making its way up a tree to sit and watch us two for a while.

Looking back towards the dam.

Autumn just doesn't want to end this year.


On the approach to Stenkin we hear barking dogs, clattering gates and the sound of sheep.

No rest for these guys on a Sunday.

Steel End seen below the sides of Willie Wife Moor and Seat Sandal.

Storm Desmond debris. It's almost a year since this happened and we can only hope this winter does not turn out the same as the last one.

Once we get onto t'other side of the lake we're walking a little higher up and this gives us a great view up and down the lake.

and also a view across the lake to Ullscarf.


It was here while having our dinner that the lady we saw at the start of the walk passed us again. Not sure where we overtook her.

Blimey, what a lovely afternoon.



And to finish, we take the easy option by walking down the road back to the car. My back has just about had enough and I'm ready to stop. On route we pass the Kings Head.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks