Raise Summit
Raise Summit

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A Few Facts About Raise

Location -
Raise is in the Eastern Fells of the Lake District. It stands on the main spine of the Helvellyn range between Thirlmere and Ullswater. The Helvellyn range runs broadly north-south for about 7 miles remaining above 2,000 feet (600 metres) throughout its length. Raise is near the centre of this ridge with Stybarrow Dodd to the north and White Side to the south. As with many of these fells Raise displays smooth grassy slopes on the west and rougher ground to the east.

Kepple Cove -
South of Raise the ridge swings a little to the west crossing an unnamed col on the way to White Side. The eastern face of this ridge is gouged deeply by Kepple Cove a corrie whose back wall is named Red Screes. Kepple Cove once contained an artificial tarn, although today the bed is merely marshy except after heavy rain. The water from the tarn was used in a hydroelectric scheme to drive electric winding gear at Greenside Mine. Commissioned in 1891, this was the first such system in the country. It continued in use until the night of 29 October 1927 when the Kepple Cove dam burst during a heavy storm, leaving an 80 foot (24 metre) wide gap in the earthworks. The resulting wave passed down the valley and through Glenridding village flooding buildings and causing extensive damage. The breached dam can still be seen today.

Skiing On The Slopes -
On the slopes of Raise is a ski run which operates when the conditions are suitable. The lift is a poma style ski lift and is over 300 metres long. It runs in a natural snow bowl called Savages Gulley where snow drifts form.

Summit -
The summit of Raise is very rocky and at it's top is a large cairn which can be seen from some distance away. The view is extensive with all of the major fells being seen. Thirlmere can also be brought into view by walking a few yards to the west. Raise stands at 883 metres (2,897 feet).
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Bridge, Buxton & Lewis, Easten Fell, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, Nuttall, Sim, Sub HuMP, Synge, Tump, Wainwright

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