Thornthwaite Crag summit

The summit of Thornthwaite Crag, and its rather large cairn

Height: 2569 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 9th April 2010 (walk 12). Second visit: 5th August 2016 (walk 115).

Bagged as number: First round: 41 of 330. [ << Froswick (40)   (42) Gray Crag >> ]

Thornthwaite Crag from Froswick

Thornthwaite Crag seen from Froswick

Second round: 58 of 330. [ << Mardale Ill Bell (57)  (59) Froswick >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached via the ridge from Froswick, albeit in a slightly roundabout way. Left along the ridge to Gray Crag.

Second visit: Came in from Mardale Ill Bell, headed south for Froswick.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Occupying a commanding position overlooking four valleys, Thornthwaite Crag is one of the better-known fells east of Kirkstone, owing not a little of its fame to its tall pillar of stones, a landmark for miles around.”

Thornthwaite Crag, above Threshwaite

Thornthwaite Crag, above Threshwaite (and there’s a sentence to get the saliva spraying). Picture taken on walk 66. This is, more or less, the spot from which I spotted the golden eagle on that walk.

What I say: The pillar is still there and remains probably the tallest true cairn in the Lakes; Latterbarrow‘s obelisk probably rivals it in height but the stones are cemented together, unlike Thornthwaite Crag’s which is simply a big pile of stones. Very impressive.

On neither one of my visits did the fell have much to distinguish it other than its cairn, but probably I have been unfair to it by not having climbed it direct. A walk up Troutbeck or Threshthwaite to the cliffs of Threshthwaite Mouth, that divides this fell from Caudale Moor, would be the most dramatic approach. I have to do that again at some point to rebag fells in the vicinity so will report back.

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