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Raven Crag, Castle Crag and The Benn

This is a compact little walk, the climbing starts right away at the edge of the road and heads upwards on a narrow path almost immediately into the trees. Quickly the road is forgotten, and the adventure begins.

Wainwright was rather down on Castle Crag and The Benn. We're not sure why. Admittedly they are not the highest or most exciting places in the Lakes, and the fort is long gone, but they have their charms. The faint path to The Benn from the forest road is a gentle meander under low lichen covered trees and through mossy hollows to a fine little summit above the tree tops where the views are fabulous.

There is a small pay and display car park at the junction on the west side of the Thirlmere dam, and a layby just around the corner directly opposite the start of the walk.