27th November 2005

High Rigg from Castlerigg Stone Circle


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 13.30
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 1371 ft
Walking with On my own
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Dale Bottom - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - Tewet Tarn - Castlerigg Stone Circle
Fells visited
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Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Castlerigg Stone Circle

If you arrive here in the middle of the day at the height of summer, you'll probably find the place full, but if you're prepared to wait, it won't be long until one of the visitors at Castlerigg Stone Circle jumps in their car and drives off. Unless you're using this place as a starting poit for a walk, most people only seem to stay here for ten or fifteen minutes at the most.

Surprisingly because it's next to such a popular tourist attraction parking is free.


Route Map

Castlerigg Stone Circle with High Rigg behind.

High Rigg and Low Rigg with a snowy Clough Head and Calfhow Pike in the background. Taken from Nest Brow at the place where I left the road and started to follow the path through the fields towards Sykes Farm.

Looking up the path from the Shaw Bank road to the High Rigg ridge. A nice easy way to gain the 400 ft (or thereabouts) of height needed to get onto the ridge.

One of the many small tarns found along the High Rigg ridge. The area around this one is very boggy and not worth trying to cut across.

Thirlmere seen across High Riggs undulating ridge. This is a great place to leave the paths to spend a couple of hours exploring all the little mounds and tarns.

Taken just below High Rigg summit, looking over Tewet Tarn to Lonscale Fell (L) Great Calva (middle) and the slopes of Blease Fell (R).

A close up of Great Calva from the same place.

St John's in the Vale church.

and again from the road that runs past the church.

Ponies on Low Rigg.

Tewet Tarn and Blencathra.

And again from the waters edge.

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