GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Thirlmere Reservoir Walk

9 miles (15 km)

Enjoy a circular walk or cycle around the lovely Thirlmere Reservoir in the Lake District National Park. The route starts at Wythburn at the Steel End car park at the southern end of the lake and then follows the National Cycle Network route on the western side of the lake. On the return on the eastern side of the lake walkers can follow the woodland trail at the lower part of Helvellyn. Cyclists can follow the A591 which runs right alongside the lake for a couple of miles.
You can get a bite to eat at the inn at Thirlspot with more details below.
The lake runs for a distance of about 3 miles and includes an impressive 104 foot high dam. On the western side of the lake there's a pleasant 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.


CA12 4TW - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Thirlmere Reservoir OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Thirlmere Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


On the other eastern 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 western side of the lake there's a popular climb to Raven Crag. It's another fine climb to an excellent viewpoint above the lake. You can start the walk from the Dam triangle car park at the north western end of Thirlmere.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Pasture above Thirlmere - - 1073211

Pasture above Thirlmere. Looking towards and across the lake from the A591. Most of the area surrounding the lake is forestry.

Thirlmere - - 1281872

Thirlmere. From the road on the west of the reservoir

Thirlmere - - 861167

From the top of Raven Crag

Thirlmere at low level - - 482581

In the summer of 1995, Thirlmere was at its lowest level for years.

Wyth Burn, Thirlmere - - 106157

Wyth Burn, near the car park at the southern end of the lake. One of the most notoriously wet and boggy areas of the Lake District is "drained" by this burn. The name Wythburn is given to the general area hereabouts.

Wythburn Church on Thirlmere, Lake District - - 19356

Wythburn Church on Thirlmere, Lake District

The King's Head Hotel - - 2354343

The King's Head Hotel at Thirlspot. A nice place to stop for rest on the walk.

Thirlmere Circuit footpath - - 3232487

Thirlmere Circuit footpath waymarker post


GPS Files

GPX File

Thirlmere Reservoir.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Thirlmere Reservoir.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)