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Name:Great How (Thirlmere)
Hill number:3861
Height:333.1m / 1093ft
Parent (Ma):2515  Helvellyn
Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Area:Lake District - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Derwent (Workington)
Class:Hump, Tump (300-399m), Birkett, Submarilyn, Synge
(Hu,Tu,3,B,sMa,Sy)
Grid ref:NY 31379 18719
Summit feature:small cairn on rock
Drop:140.8m
Col:192.3m  NY 3148 1779  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 90
(1:25k) OL5S
Observations:cairn 70m NNW at NY 31346 18779 is lower
Survey:Abney level/Leica RX1250
Comments:New Submarilyn March 2015
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 166 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
Parked by crossroads on A591 at 316194 (Space for at least 8 cars) – SW along road & just before dam, headed S. along path above reservoir – Shortly after LH bend a good track heads N. & at 313187 an old wooden signpost directs you to the right & up a good path to the summit. Returned along path on E. side of wood. (PM)gerrybowes12/07/2017
Good parking on the road junction at 315195. Walked east side of Thirlmere to south side of Great How and then up path to summit. Returned with GB on east side of hill. 80 minute walk.bolton12/07/2017
From P at NY306189. Visited both tops to make sure.summitsup09/04/2017
SR with Raven CragFrank27/02/2017
Easy approach from the south, two summits to choose from! Excellent view of ThirlmereArdensBold30/12/2016
Highest point 100 m from large cairn over treacherous unstable logs. Tornado hammered past over the dam below me.ngthack31/08/2016
Bridge End circular on a damp morning.Smudge24/07/2016
There and back from A591Blue The Dog02/04/2016
With Clare, Eire, Evan, Sail, Danu, Coel, Alfie & a stray brown collie! The first time up here was 29/12/2002, with Clare and I carried Eire. We only got to the larger northern cairn, presumably the original Birkett, as the summit was in dense forest at the time.Dangerous Dave06/02/2016
From the pub!PreCambrianLife26/07/2015
mj kj cjchrisj196513/06/2015
Raven Crag, Castle Crag, The Benn, Low Rigg, High Rigg (all 3) Wren Crag, Great How. Near the top there's a choice of paths north or south - the south path leads to the summit.ijpowell26/03/2015
Fine Spring day-Wren Crag(inexplicably missed last time up here)-Castle Crag-The Benn(grand viewpoint)-Raven Crag(revisit for me first time for Oscar)-Great How.With Oscar.catman25/03/2015
With Catman.oscarrosie25/03/2015
Survey, new Submarilynalda07/03/2015
Just under the mist on a day of low cloud.Eddie11/02/2015
With Jo, walk from Stanah: Great How. Weather; overcast, cold wind, moderate visibility.amblerbob31/12/2014
From Legburthwaite, up and down.rhalstead29/12/2014
Great How, Raven Crag, The Benn, Castle Crag, High Tove, Walla Crag, Pike, Castleheadkeithouk28/09/2014
Easy but pleasant hill with great Thirlmere viewsclimbingkershaw16/08/2014
Thirlmere Dam Castle Crag Benn Thirlmere Dam Great How Thirlmere DamAndy Hirst03/07/2014
Climbed directly from A591robert10/03/2014
Parked by the Phone box (NY 31826 18961) > Castle Rock > GREAT HOW (THIRLMERE) small cairn on rock certainly change since I was last here in 2008 you couldn't see the wood for the trees let alone the summit > CP by Phone BoxTony Hartry II04/12/2013
Eating wild raspberries all the way!CaralynR24/08/2013
Didn't see any red deer but another lovely little fell.Jacqdaw26/06/2013
Birketts 2nd roundDave Geere12/12/2012
Recently bought a HuMP book, found this one in it and not already ticked. Pleasant amble then over to Castle Rock.Aye Jimmy09/12/2012
Great views of Thirlmere. Clear views to Ullscarf. Walked by Goldie. Fantastic autumnal views and reflections in Thirlmere.michaelphillips23/10/2012
Castle Rock, Brown Crag, Great Howeronaldo33306/10/2012
After The Benn. From Dam CP.Anduril24/08/2012
Solo, in showers: Shoulthwaite - High Rigg (all tops) - Castle Rock - Great How - Raven Crag - Castle Crag - Fisher Crag - Wythburn Fells - Wythburn. Used permissive paths to make circuit, takes longer than you think, last 50 yards very awkward, gd view.Mark Jackson10/04/2012
With Annacitygent28/03/2012
Parked off road to N. Followed track around then up the hill. Pleasant stroll .destaylor16/02/2012
Ascent from A591 via Little How with AT. Signed permissive path all the way to the summit.marktrengove27/08/2011
On first run around Thirlmere from car near dam, took standard track to top, for breather!nordicstar07/08/2011
Walked as part of circuit of Thirlmereastokes10/07/2011
Parked at UU's Dam Triangle then used its permissive path to gain summit with GR8 views today although highest hills in cloud. Glad to see United Utilities spending shareholder's money this way.Dugswell221/03/2011
Parked west of Thirlmere dam. Over dam, to wet stone steps up top a rough path in the forest to a bealach and WDP uphill through trees to recently thinned top. Higher south top had a small cairn.arranc09/10/2010
With Eire, Evan, Sail & Danu.Dangerous Dave30/03/2010
Short walk to do this Birkett from Car park at North Thirlmerebenarbia_812/02/2010
With Jo, linear walk from Thirlmere: Great How, and then paths/roads via Low Bridge End Farm (nice teas), St John’s In The Vale, Castlerigg Stone Circle, to Keswick. Weather; overcast, cool wind, good visibility.amblerbob25/09/2009
had to run this one to get the bus to The badger Bar.Hengis Pod12/09/2009
From the main road near Bridge End Farm. The top has now been recently cleared of trees which improves the view but makes the last few yards awkward over all the branches. A wooden shelter come stockade has been built just under the highest point.mick26/05/2009
Birketts CLF walk W/DER2&3, western end of Thirlmere Dam (NY 307 189) > Raven Crag > Castle Crag > The Benn > GREAT HOW false summit has a cairn and bench but the true summit inside the wooded area 50m to the S > western end of Thirlmere Dam (NY 307 189)Tony Hartry04/09/2008
top in the treesgigglejon21/02/2008
Exact Date unknown. Uni tripArran2801/10/2007
First timedads01/09/2007
Part of a delightful walk with Lynn, Sam, Cabe and Josh. Station Coppice car park, along Thirlmere then over the road and along a path under Brown How. The actual summit is not where the view point is but takes a slog through some brush with no view at thsimon and co28/05/2007
with my father (simon and co), bothers, and fathers friend.Cubags28/05/2007
straight up and down after shore walk from Swirls.Hippo08/05/2007