GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Raven Crag Walk

2 miles (2.8 km)

This popular walk climbs to Raven Crag above Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District.
The walk starts from the Dam triangle car park at the northern end of Thirlmere. From here head north and then west to pick up the waymarked footpath to the summit. You will climb along a steep path through woodland before turning south to the 461 metre high summit of Raven Crag. From here you can enjoy wonderful views down to the lake and across to the surrounding Lakeland Fells.
To continue your walking around Thirlmere you could head to the other side of the lake and try the popular climb to Helvellyn. Just to the south of the crag there's an easy climb to Harrop Tarn along the Dob Gill. There's a car park here and a pretty waterfall to see before you reach the picturesque little tarn.

Raven Crag OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Raven Crag Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the other side of the lake there's The King's Head for some post walk refreshments. The former seventeenth century coaching inn is situated in a fantastic spot next to the lake at the foot of Helvellyn. They serve good quality dishes which you can enjoy from the garden with a wonderful view of the surrounding fells.
There's alsoa Lakeland Produce Store offering a wide range of local food, drinks and gifts from the finest Cumbrian producers. They provide rooms too, if you would like to stay in the area. You can find them at postcode CA12 4TN. The inn is dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

On the eastern side of the lake you can try the popular climb to Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in England at 950m (3,120ft) .

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Car park near Thirlmere Dam - - 3232454

Car park near Thirlmere Dam

From The Benn - - 861173

From The Benn. Subsidiary tops of Raven Crag include The Benn (also known as Benn Man, 1,463 feet (446m)) and Castle Crag (1,381 feet (421m)), the site of anIron Agesettlement.

On Raven Crag - - 454689

On Raven Crag. On the top looking towards Skiddaw through the trees.

On Raven Crag - - 2519019

On the summit.

Raven Crag - - 770794

A view up to the crag from the small pebble beach at the north end of Thirlmere.

Forestry, Thirlmere - - 1073180

Forestry, Thirlmere. The ridge has been extensively planted with conifers as part of the Thirlmere Forest, the face of Raven Crag appearing as a lone oasis of naked rock amid the trees.

Shoulthwaite Gill - - 1285496

Shoulthwaite Gill. Descending the steep fellside near Castle Crag. The cragis bordered to the west by the long valley of Shoulthwaite Gill, which is a tributary of the River Greta.

Above Mere Gill - - 1285486

Above Mere Gill at Castle Crag. Looking over the valley towards Great Dodd. This is just to the west of Raven Crag.


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