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Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan


Postby icemandan » Mon Aug 23, 2010 1:22 am

Wainwrights included on this walk: Raven Crag

Date walked: 23/08/2010

Time taken: 2

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 281m

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A little gem this one and happily not nearly as well known as it deserves to be. It's a half dome with a spectacular sheer face which towers over Thirlmere Dam. Most people drive blithely past on the A591 and barely notice it.
Raven Crag Face.jpg
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We parked up in pleasant countryside near Thirlmere dam
Vale of St John.jpg
. You can either go straight up or take a forest track which takes a bit of the sting out of the gradient. We opted for the latter. Eventually you have to leave the forest track and head steeply up through the trees. The path is well made and the trees are sparse enough to let in a lot of sunlight. There are a few boggy patches but the path is well made with steps and boardwalks. Eventually you pop out into the clearing at the summit. Drop down a bit to a small rocky promontory and a magnificent view of Thirlmere emerges.
Thirlmere-Dunmail.jpg
Fiona.jpg
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Blencathra.jpg
. After a leisurely lunch spent drinking in the views, we headed back down the path.
Skiddaw (2).jpg
There is a fort at the col. We took a forestry road that winds down around the hill to the north which (perhaps presumptuously to Scottish ears) is called The Benn. The Benn forms one side of a great little valley called Shoulthwaite Gill which has impressive and little-known crags on both sides.
All in all one of the best of the smaller hills.
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby skuk007 » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:22 pm

Looks an impressive cliff face. I thought it would be much smaller than El Capitan but was surprised it is only half the size (did I say only!). I just expected the one across the pond to be much more when I looked up it's stats.

Another walk to save for a clear day I think. :)
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby mountain coward » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:54 am

Fantastic first pic that - the others are good too! I might add my few pics to your post sometime as I doubt I'll be writing a report on it...
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby susanmyatt » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:11 am

Hi Dan, we did this in June last year, we actually climbed Lingmoor Fell first then drove up and parked by the dam, before it was fenced around as we noticed recently. Its a lovely little climb through the forest,particularly where its really dark
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In the pines
The summit views are great, even AW drew himself here, only downside for us was it was midge time :thumbdown: Great report, thanks
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby icemandan » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:43 am

Thanks for complements. I was very lucky with the light to get the picture of the face. When we came back after the end of the walk it had completely flattened out. I like Susan's picture in the woods - I don't remember it being that dark!. Maybe for the full Yosemite effect, they should release a few bears.
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby susanmyatt » Thu Aug 26, 2010 6:59 am

Perhaps the falsh gives that effect,as for the bears,it would certainly speed up the ascent, and do they eat midges or just us walkers :lol:
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby HighlandSC » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:13 am

Cool - it does look a bit like El Cap 8)
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby mountain coward » Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:06 am

Adding my pics (hope you don't mind) as I mentioned above...

Raven Crag - Helvellyn.jpg
Raven Crag - Thirlmere.jpg
Raven Crag-close to the edge!.jpg
Raven Crag.jpg
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby icemandan » Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:40 am

Cheers MC

At least you got Thirlmere with some water in it!
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby mountain coward » Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:28 am

Yeah, that's the one thing about all these reservoirs - they look better full - gets rid of that horrid looking tidemark around the edge!
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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby fedupofuserids » Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:24 pm

Nice little report on an equally nice little fell. Castle Crag with its path spiralling to its summit came as a surprise.

Hope you don't mind I've added my pics from Raven Crag too, saves me writing a report :D .

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Helvellyn & Thirlmere from Raven Crag.

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Raven Crag from High Rigg.


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Re: Raven Crag - The Lake District El Capitan

Postby icemandan » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:36 pm

Nice photos. This is fast becoming the definitive Raven Crag web page!
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