Length 3 Kilometres | Highest point 461 metres
Raven Crag 461m, 1520ft, GR 303187
This outcrop crag overlooking the Thirlmere dam is a somewhat detached outlier of High Seat. It is better known by some for its rock climbs on the steep buttress rising above the forestry. Thirlmere reservoir was formed by enlarging the former Leathes Water and opened in 1894 to supply water to Manchester. The area around Raven Crag itself features in WG Collingwood’s saga of Norse times called ‘Thorstein of the Mere’.
The forestry plantations make access to the fell difficult. Park at the road junction on the west side of the dam (GR 307189) and walk north along the road for 100 metres. Turn left onto a path through a signposted gate into the forestry and ascend steeply. The path crosses two forestry roads and emerges onto the ridge above at a clearing. At the sign take a narrow track south which leads up the back of Raven Crag to emerge on the summit (1km, 270m, 45min). From just in front of the cairn there are good views down Thirlmere and over the Helvellyn fells. Return to the clearing by the same path; all other routes are steep and dangerous.
From the clearing two detours are possible. A path leads west to a small defensive hill fort amongst trees overlooking Shoulthwaite Gill. An ascent can also be made north through trees to the minor top of The Benn. A faint track may be picked up leading to the treeless top. From both detours return to the clearing and descend to the road by the ascent route. Total distance and time for the walk with both detours is 3km and 1hr 30min.