Raven Crag is a fell in the Lake District and acts as a superb
vantage point for and backdrop to views across Thirlmere reservoir.
The fell is the high point on a 2 mile long spur running up the
western shore of Thirlmere branching off from the main ridge of the
central fells just east of High Tove.
Subsidiary tops include The
Benn (also known as Benn Man, 1,463 ft) and Castle Crag (1,381 ft), the
site of an iron-age settlement. The ridge has been extensively planted
with conifers as part of the Thirlmere Forest and the face of Raven Crag
appears as a lone oasis of naked rock amid the trees.
is bordered to the west by the long valley of Shoulthwaite Gill, a
tributary of the River Greta.
To the north, the ridge drops to a
depression crossed by the Keswick to Ambleside road, before climbing
again onto High Rigg.
The highest point is an outcrop of rock
with a small cairn partially screened by conifers.
The view from
the summit is limited by the trees, but the eastward panorama opens up
from the brink of the crag itself to an aerial view of the Thirlmere
dam. The reservoir is also seen end on to the south.
The Benn and
Castle Crag provide a close-up view of Raven Crag from the north.
The main face of the fell stands
over Thirlmere Dam and appears from there as a sheer 500 ft crag, the
higher fells behind being hidden by the ridge.
Raven Crag is most
commonly climbed from the dam via a steep way marked path through the
forestry. This ends with made paths and some short sections of
The ridge between Raven Crag and High Tove can also be
gained from Armboth or an ascent can be made from 'behind' via
This can include visits to The Benn and the earth
ramparts of Castle Crag.
routes near Raven Crag