The final walk of a week in the Lakes was up a fairly simple fell on the side of Thirlmere which takes me to 89 Wainwrights done. The tracks heading up through the woods are steep but the distance is pretty short and it doesn’t take much more than 90 minutes to get up and down. The autumn colours were nice in amongst the trees and once half way up the views across the Great Dodd begin to show. The prize though is saved for the summit, a new wooden platform area has been created up there and it gives you the finest of views south along Thirlmere to Dunmail Raise, with Helvellyn sitting high on the other side of the water. The view north isn’t bad either with Blencathra and Clough Head dominating, if you head past the platform and down to the grassy edge you can peer down to the dam at the end of Thirlmere. I have to say this is a simple walk for a day with less than ideal weather or you just fancy just a couple of hours on the fells. Go on a Thursday and hopefully like me you’ll catch a tornado jet flying through the valley below you!! Awesome sight. The last few pictures are on the last day and a quick visit to Castlerigg stone circle before the drive south.
|Start – Thirlmere dam car park|
|Route – Raven Crag – Thirlmere dam car park|
|Distance – 1 1/2 miles Start time – 11am Time taken – 1 ½ hrs Highest Point – Raven Crag 461metres|
|Weather – Dull, some low cloud on the higher fells|