Saturday, 1 July 2000

Thornthwaite Crag (Beacon)

Thornthwaite Crag from Ill Bell
Height: 784m (2,572ft)
Prominence: 30m (98ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Very tall columnar cairn; Thornthwaite Beacon
Times climbed: 3
Related trip reports:
Troutbeck to Hartsop - 11/10/2015
A Tour of Hayeswater - 11/01/2014
The Kentmere Round - 18/07/2013
Thornthwaite Beacon tops the fell
What Wainwright said:

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

Thornthwaite Crag creates a focal point for much of the Far Eastern Fells, standing at the head of several valleys. It's broad, flat summit is a walkers cross roads, thanks to the many paths that lead to and from the summit.

The summit cairn stands at a towering 14ft that can be seen for miles around and, despite having lost a bit of height over the years, it is still one of the most impressive cairns in the district. It is no surprise to find that the cairn is called Thornthwaite Beacon.

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