Raise is a fell in the English Lake District and
stands on the main spine of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells,
between Thirlmere and Ullswater.
The Helvellyn range runs broadly north-south for about
7 miles (11 km), remaining above 2,000 ft (600 m) throughout its length.
Raise is near the centre of this ridge, with Stybarrow Dodd to the north
and White Side to the south.
As with many of these fells,
Raise displays smooth grassy slopes on the west and rougher ground to
the east. Here however the contrast is much less marked than further
south around Helvellyn and Nethermost Pike.
Unusually for such a high fell, the slopes of Raise do
not have a toehold at valley level on either side. In the west the
boundary streams of Sticks Gill (West) and Brund Gill meet just below
White Side's Brown Crag.
As Fisherplace Gill they descend a further thousand
feet to the valley, and originally turned north to join St John's Beck.
All of this changed as part of the Thirlmere reservoir
scheme in 1894, when a water race was constructed to carry most of the
water into the lake. To the east the fell is also squeezed out at height
by its neighbours, failing to reach the shore of Ullswater. Raise has a
short eastern ridge, Stang, descending between Sticks Gill (East) and
Glenridding Beck, but these streams combine above the site of the old
Greenside Mine to leave Sheffield Pike and Birkhouse Moor overlooking
To the north of Raise the
pedestrian route of Sticks Pass crosses the ridge at a height of
2,445 ft (745 m), this being the highest pass in the District crossed by
a regular bridleway.
Now of use purely to hillwalkers, it once provided the
only connection between the communities on either side of the Helvellyns.
The name is believed to be taken from the guideposts originally used to
mark the route.
The becks flowing from either side of the pass summit
are both officially named Sticks Gill, the '(East)' and '(West)' having
been added by Alfred Wainwright in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland
Fells and utilised by later guidebook writers.
To the north, beyond the pass, the ground rises again
to Stybarrow Dodd and all here is grass.
Alone among the northern
Helvellyns, Raise has a summit area of outcropping rock, an island amid
the sea of grass.
A little to the east of the top
is a rock pinnacle which would be insignificant elsewhere, but in these
surroundings draws the eye. A path follows the ridge, with an excess of
cairns to the south. The view is extensive with all of the major fells
being seen. Thirlmere can also be brought into view by walking a few
yards to the west.
The main routes of ascent are via Sticks Pass,
starting from either Legburthwaite or Glenridding.
More direct climbs from the west can be made by
following Fisherplace Gill and then striking up across the pathless
prairie as required.
From the east there is a path rising directly up the
Stang ridge and a further old route zig-zags up from Glenridding Beck
beside Kepple Cove.
The Lake District Ski Club operate a ski lift on Raise when weather
conditions are suitable for skiing or snowboarding.