High Rigg & Raven Crag

High Rigg & Raven Crag

Sunday, 22 January 2017
9.20 miles/14.8 km
1,847 ft/563 m ascent
3 hours 49 minutes

… more photos on Flickr


Misty dull day so we chose a low level walk at the Northern end of the Thirlmere valley.  Parked in the United Utilities car park and set off up the steep climb to Wren Crag (1,020ft/311m) and then the long march across the grass and bog ridge to High Rigg (1,171ft/357m).  We stopped to photograph the mere where you have to be agile to keep your feet dry.

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The Agile Marsh
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Wren Crag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A steep descent to the road by St John’s in the Vale church (very pretty) and then walked back towards Thirlmere and the foot of Raven Crag (1,512ft/461m).  There is a new wooden viewing platform and lots of steps near the summit of this pretty crag.

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Gillian at Raven Crag

Back down the same path (there isn’t an obvious alternative and then to the car over the Thirlmere reservoir dam.

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Thirlmere Dam
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Thirlmere

 

 

 

 

 

 


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High Tove

Saturday, 31 May 2014
10.8miles/17.4km
2130ft/650m ascent
Wainwright #151, #152, #153, #154 & #155


Tove, noun
1) A Scandinavian female name (occasionally male).
2) A fictional creature created by Lewis Carroll (frequently “slithy”).
3) High Tove, a mountain in the Lake District (“shockingly wet” and “without any redeeming feature”).

We read the warnings in the Wainwright’s guidebook, but set out anyway to walk the ridge that separates Thirlmere from Derwent Water.  The photograph shows three perplexed fell walkers gazing over the ‘tove’ trying to spot a slightly less soggy route through the mire.  We encountered few other walkers on this route, and two of them had been in over their knees in the swamp.

Pat and Jim joined us as we walked from Ashness Bridge, gently climbing to Walla Crag (1243ft/379m) with extensive views of Skiddaw (3054ft/931m), Blencathra (2848ft/868m), Derwent Water and the fells beyond.

Walla CragBorrowdale

From this point onwards the ground got progressively wetter as we climbed for Bleaberry Fell (1936ft/590m) and then the highest hill on the walk – High Seat (1995ft/608m).

Bassenthwaite LakeHigh Seat from Armboth FellBlencathraThe View West

We spent the next two hours in an amusing stroll through the marshes of High Tove (1690ft/515m) and Armboth Fell (1572ft/479m) stopping when Pat and Jim (keen amateur naturalists) pointed out an interesting plant or moth.  (Once a tiny feature has been pointed out, you start noticing it everywhere).

Grange FellWatendlath

Leaving High Tove behind us we walked down an increasingly dry path to Watendlath and a cup of tea to celebrate our dry feet.  By now the sun was bright and warm and the walk back provided some fabulous views of Derwent Water.

Lodore WoodsDerwent WaterSkiddawSunshine Us


Route

From the National Trust car park at NY269197.

High Seat Route

Dodds

Monday, 14 April 2014
11.4 miles/18.3km
2730ft/831m ascent
Wainwright #131, #132, #133, #134 & #135

A rounded grass covered hill in the Lake District is called a Dodd, and the Northern end of the Helvellyn range is a series of this type of hill.  The start of the walk follows a track with views of Great Mell Fell (2,480ft/756m) and the huge sculpted mass of Blencathra (2,848ft/868m).

Great Mell FellBlencathra

The Northern-most hill of the ridge is Clough Head (2,382ft/726m) which has a stunning view of the Northern, Central and North Western fells, from the top it is possible to see Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water and Thirlmere, and the distant Coniston fells and Scafell Pikes, while to the North, Blencathra and Skiddaw (3,054ft/931m) dominate.

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The most amazing view is the stacked tiers of mountains to the West.

Clough Head Summit

From Clough Head we followed the ridge South across Great Dodd (2,812ft/857m), Watson’s Dodd (2,589ft/789m) and Stybarrow Dodd (2,766ft/843m) before turning East to Hart Side (2,480ft/756m).

Great Dodd

DoddsHart Side

There is a distinctly different feeling to the rounded gentle grass covered slopes of the Dodds, compared to the craggy ridges of Helvellyn where we were walking yesterday.

Helvellyn

The final stretch of the route is a decent through increasingly wet and boggy ground and then a disheartening uphill walk along the road back to the car.


 Route

From the car park at High Row (NY380219)

Great Dodd Route