Date & Time: Monday 27th June 2006. 4.30 pm start.

Location of Start : The far end of Thirlmere Dam, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 307 189 )

Places visited : Raven Crag.

Walk details : 1.8 mls, 1000 ft of ascent , 1 hrs 30 mins.

Walked with : Ann and the dogs.

Weather : Overcast but dry with the occasional midge.

" More of a woodland walk than a fell walk " AW.

 

A shorter, late afternoon walk this time in order to climb up Raven Crag. It was not our intention to tackle the front, but to take the woodland paths steeply up the side through the woods.

The crag is an impressive reminder of the glacial nature of much of the Lake District. It has a sheer cliff overlooking the valley and as a result commands excellent views down the length of Thirlmere.

   
First sight of the Crag from the track
The overgrown "right of way" path

( not a white bird in the photo above, but a side effect of the fill in flash on a errant leaf.)

   
Up through the open mature trees at the top
One last path through the dark plantation.

The walk, though short, was full of contrast as we walked through four different types of woodland ;

mature mixed woods with low undergrowth, recently cleared plantation with wild new undergrowth, tall mature trees with lush green grass, and finally mature plantation with no undergrowth at all !

   
First view of Thirlmere.
Castle Rock and Thirlmere Dam

Look how close to the edge we can get before you arrive.

   
Ann admiring the view . . .
down the length of the lake.

 

   
The main crag itself . . .
and the view straight down !

Due to nesting Peregrines, the crags are out of bounds to rock climbers till June 30th.

   
Skiddaw from further round the main crag.
A view back across to where Ann was standing.

A panorama of Skiddaw, Longscale and Blencathra

over the top of the wooded summit of Sippling Crag.

   
Time to return using the more open track . . .
which leads back down to the road and the Lake.

Still waters, a good reason to view the lake,

Oh, and our friend and very distant neighbour Mr Paterson just happened to be there walking his dog too.

   
Almost high tide at the lake - sorry no photo of Polly
A carved plaque, part of the rockface, on the back road.

A fine, short walk and good exercise for both the dogs and us.

 

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