Raven Crag, Thirlmere

Climbs 27 – Rocktype Rhyolite – Altitude 222m a.s.l – Faces E

Crag features

A superb and impressive crag with a good selection of Extremes - Totalitarian (E1), Empire (E3), Medlar (E3/4), Blitzkreig (E4), Gates of Delirium (E4), Peels of Laughter (E5), Creation (E5) and Das Kapital (E6).

Das Kapital has been re-equipped with 3 new pegs and 2 new threads. An in situ wire helps to protect the tricky top pitch.

Medlar, now E4, is clean.

Close To The Edge at E3 is a great route; link the first 2 pitches together then lower off.

Empire has a new peg on the top pitch and a new belay after the first. The 1st pitch of Totalitarian will lead to it as the original 1st pitch is overgrown. Lower off is in situ at top of the crag above Empire.

Blitzkreig has been brushed clean and is equipped with a lower off at the top of the crag.


Many of the routes on the steep left hand side of the crag stay clean despite little traffic. 


Be wary of ticks on the approach and descent and it can get midgey so a head net is wise in the summer.

Approach notes

Seasonal Restrictions apply from the 1st March to the 30th June due to nesting birds. Park near the Thirlmere Dam, 15 minutes steeply uphill to the crag.

Read more... Regional Access notes are available from the BMC.

Eastern Crags (2011), Lake District Rock (2003),
Out of print: Buttermere & Eastern Crags (1992)

Climbs at this crag

Sort climbs
 Climb nameGrade
1PolytrukE4 6b *5
2AnarchistHS 4b **35
3The ApocryphaVS 5a 1
4CreationE5 6a **6
5Stir CrazyE1 5b 2
6EmpireE3 6a ***42
7TotalitarianE1 5c ***153
8Common ManE2 5c *6
9Communist ConvertVS 4b **81
10BlitzkriegE4 6a ***14
11The Gates of DeleriumE4 6a ***37
12Close to the EdgeE3 5c *6
13The MedlarE4 6a ***30
14RelayerE4 6b *4
15Peels of LaughterE5 6b ***8
16The Raven TraverseVS 4c **3
17The First CircleE3 5c ** 
18Das KapitalE6 6b ***5
19GenesisVS 3
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DaveR - 18/Dec/02