Walking the Wainwrights - Raven Crag and High Rigg

The weather had exhausted itself after presenting with us so much sun for so long, and we were back to a bit of  grey murk, so it was a case of finding some low fells where we would not be enveloped in clouds.

Here are the pictures (you can click on any picture to get a larger version).

Raven Crag is the fell dominating the north-western end of Thirlmere. 
Quite a fearsome prospect from this angle, but we're not going up that way!  In fact, the path is through a dense forest (though thankfully very few evergreen firs), and these were the only two views of the fell which we saw before the summit.

The view from the top of Raven Crag, up Thirlmere.  I'm not sure about why those trees had died - everything else all around was bursting with health
Same view from slightly lower down, without the dead trees.

From the same point you can see the Thirlmere dam directly below us.  In the valley you can also see the edge of High Rigg emerging on the left - our next stop.
The cairn at the top of High Rigg, with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.  This is a fell we have climbed on many occasions, and you can have a most pleasant walk sauntering along its top from north to south and then back along St John's in the Vale to the Diocesan Youth Centre - but not today, in murky weather (and I wanted to watch the rugby on the telly, anyway...)

The dogs, poised in expectation of a good 7-mile walk along the top of High Rigg in the background.  They were most put out when I turned back downhill again...

Two things about this picture:
- you can see Raven Crag on the right
- you can also see both Thirlmere and Bassenthwaite Lake from the same spot.  Keen followers of this series will now tell me from where else you can see both lakes (check out the previous walks).  Quickly now...

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