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Name:Great How (Thirlmere)
Hill number:3861
Height:333.1m / 1093ft
Parent (Ma):2515  Helvellyn
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Eastern Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Derwent (Workington)
Class:Hump, Tump (300-399m), Birkett, Synge, Submarilyn
(Hu,Tu,3,B,Sy,sMa)
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 198 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
with Poppy & SezLittledave19/10/2018
Castle Rock and Great Howtomd418/09/2018
With K and RM from crossroads to NE. OS 1:25k map is not very accurate but access is no problem. Hill is rich in ticks and cleggflies.Ashley12/06/2018
Permissive path through the cottage currently closed due to severe storm damage. However, access still available a bit further south along the road. When reaching the path divergence almost at the top, turn right to reach the true summit. 3.9 km return. 1 hour.moorsman11/05/2018
Revisit of Raven Crag then onto previously bypassed summits. Road over Thirlmere dam was closed so parked on verge on A591 & walked across dam. Raven Crag-Castle Crag-The Benn-Great How. On own.MorecambeMonkey26/02/2018
very snowy then wet dayraymondwilkes14/02/2018
From The Green car park. 8/8 cloud, good vis. Solo.CJM25/11/2017
Via lovely permitted path alongside Thirlmere.Wycombe Wanderer05/11/2017
From Legburthwaite car park. United Utilities land, permissive path to 'their' top, which isn't quite the hill summit. Short thrash over the brash. Took a more direct and definitely more interesting descent route.jonglew31/10/2017
With U3A from Legburthwaiteian499312/10/2017
Nice walk round this hill from Legburthwaite (Bridge End), with the highlight the lovely woodland above the head of Thirlmere. With brother, Pete: followed an uphill track, leading to signposted paths, to the charming summit just above the trees- very good views, sunlit silver curtains of rain. This 2h or so saved a wet 2 days in Keswick and abandoning Dodd in the morning where the E side was closed due to forestry work. Excellent coffee (Italian high roast, Pete's favourite) and cakes just down the St Johns in the Vale road.pwheeler02/10/2017
Great Howe,Castle Crag and The Benn in the wind and rain.Path to The Benn not obvious.From gates on track at junction with paths to Castle Crag and Raven Crag follow wide forest track for 2/300 yards North to a forest track on your right.This track terminates after 400yds appprox half way along very feint path goes north into the trees soon becomes obvious.jocks113/07/2017
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