Raven Crag from Thirlmere

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Starting off in the small pay-and-display car park just on the west side of Thirlmere Dam on the northern side of the lake, the walk heads sharply uphill through the tall pine trees. The route through the trees is short but steep all the way. After passing through several gates and several excellent viewpoints of Raven Crag, the route enters more gentle ground. A small addition to this walk is to take a look at the ancient Iron Age fort at Castle Crag, just five minutes away. The fort was built on a natural rocky uprise, with what appears to be a large ditch and rampart around the base. The views north from Castle Crag are beautiful. From there, the short section up to Raven Crag summit is simple but fairly steep in places again. The best view is not from the cairn itself, but about 20m east, slightly downhill. This is a bit rocky, but nothing technical and it offers a truly stunning view down the full length of Thirlmere to Dunmail Raise. The return route follows the same path as the ascent to get back to the car park.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North East

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Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains, Wildlife, Woodland

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