Thornthwaite Crag is a fell in the English Lake District standing to
the west of Haweswater Reservoir and is a focal point of the Far Eastern
Fells, standing at the head of several valleys.
The summit area is broadly horseshoe shaped, concave
to the north with the head of Hayeswater Gill in the opening.
northwestern horn of the shoe connects to Gray Crag and the north
eastern ridge to High Street and Mardale Ill Bell. Two other principal
ridges run south to Froswick and west to Caudale Moor.
eastern and southern ridges enclose the head of Kentmere with scree and
To the south west of Thornthwaite Crag is the
craggy head of the long valley of Troutbeck emptying into Windermere.
Between the western and north western ridges is the head of Pasture
Beck, which ultimately joins Hayeswater Beck en route to Ullswater.
The western ridge to Caudale Moor is narrow and rough, dropping very
steeply to the depression of Threshwaite Mouth at 1,950 ft.
other ridges are broad and grassy, although there is some marshy ground
when crossing the depression toward High Street. The southern ridge does
narrow considerably before reaching Froswick.
The grassy top is
crossed by a stone wall which rises up from Threshwaite Mouth and then
peters out a few hundred yards to the east of the summit. A section of
old fence posts then continues the boundary line toward High Street
before again being replaced by stone wall.
The actual top is
marked by one of the most impressive columnar cairns in the district.
Named Thornthwaite Beacon it towers 14 feet above an angle in the wall.
The High Street Roman road reaches the summit plateau along the
south ridge, but then detours east around the actual top, making a
bee-line for the fell bearing its name.
All of the connecting
ridges carry good paths from the summit which is an important walkers
The view is good particularly westwards, although it
can be improved by moving to the edge of the plateau in various
Thornthwaite Crag can be climbed direct from Hartsop
via Pasture Beck and from Troutbeck via Scot Rake (the roman road), or
via Threshwaite Mouth. Various ascents from Kentmere are also possible.
routes near Thornthwaite Crag