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Thornthwaite Crag

Thornthwaite Crag



Grid Reference: NY 43154 10039
Height: 784 metres/2572 feet

"Occupying a commanding position overlooking four valleys, Thornthwaite Crag is one of the better-known fells east of Kirkstone, owing not a little of it's fame to it's tall pillar of stones, a landmark for miles around."
A.Wainwright

Thornthwaite Crag is one of the most prominent peaks on the skyline to the east of the Patterdale Valley, not the least for it's high cairn 'The Beacon' at it''s summit which is large enough to be seen from a long distance.

The name 'The Beacon' is probably a recent mistake, the pillar of rock is just a spectacular summit cairn, and the tern 'The Beacon' derives from the fact that there would have been a beacon on the summit of Thornthwaite Crag when the Roman Road crossing High Street was in use.

  1. Descending over Hartsop Dodd

    Caudale Moor from Hartsop: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A steeper start and then good ridges with great views over Windermere and the High Street range

    Distance: 10km / 6 miles
    Ascent: 8600m / 2800ft
    Duration: 5 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. High Street across Haweswater

    High Street from Hartsop: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Quite a pull up but once on the High Street ridges easy walking on good paths

    Distance: 12km / 7.5 miles
    Ascent: 820m / 2700ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Froswick and Ill Bell

    Kentmere Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    One of the best horseshoe walks in the Lake District, a long hard day with no exposure

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1200m / 4000ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  4. On the summit of High Street

    High Street from Patterdale: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A longer walk but easy walking on very good path with good views throughout

    Distance: 12km / 7.5 miles
    Ascent: 980m / 3200ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  5. Climbing towards Thornthwaite Crag with Froswick behind

    The Troutbeck Skyline: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A few steep ascents but no exposure, great views over the south Lakes and particularly Windermere

    Distance: 15km / 9 miles
    Ascent: 1130m / 3700ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  6. Caudale Moor from the shores of Ullswater

    The Patterdale Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A very challenging day walk over rough ground and plenty of summits

    Distance: 27km / 17 miles
    Ascent: 2100m / 6900ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  7. High Raise in sunshine

    The Cross Lakeland Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk, crossing the Lake District from East to West, from Wasdale Head to Wasdale Head

    Distance: 50km / 31 miles
    Ascent: 2300m / 7500ft
    Duration: 2 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  8. On the High Street Roman Road

    High Street Roman Road: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk, similar in difficulty to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, on good paths throughout

    Distance: 37km / 23 miles
    Ascent: 900m / 3000ft
    Duration: 12 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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