29th August 2006

A short walk up to High Rigg.


Walk Overview
Time 14.15 to 15.25
Duration 1 hr 10 min
Distance 2.5 mile
Ascent 823 ft
Walking with Brian May
St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - St John's in the Vale Church
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, St John's in the Vale church

There aren't many spaces here at all and there isn't really an alternative close by, so if you do find it full you have no alternative than to 'walk in' from somewhere else. I wouldn't even try to park here on a Sunday morning.


Route Map

Looking back down to St John's in the Vale Church (R) and the youth centre (L).
Any excuse to get onto the fells! I was travelling across to the North East this afternoon, so I thought why not have a quick walk on route. Although the weather was quite changeable and if we'd been out longer than we were, we would have been caught in one of the heavy showers, it would have been nice to have more time. As we both said though, you don't need to be out all day or get onto the high fells to have a good walk.

A close up of Great Calva, the Blencathra Centre and Tewet Tarn, taken from the route up High Rigg.

The nice green countryside of St john's in the Vale and Doddick Fell, Scales Fell and Souther Fell in sunshine.

A clear view across to the Skiddaw Fells from a little way below High Rigg summit.

And looking around to Blencathra.

High Rigg summit with Clough Head behind and looking much closer than it actually is.

Also taken from the summit, this time looking down the central section of St john's in the Vale and with the Eastern ridge above the valley. The dark fell in the distance is Helvellyn.

Heading towards the wet area of Paper Moss, which is about halfway between High Rigg summit and the point where we turned off the ridge and headed down to Shaw Bank.

Paper Moss; very wet and boggy, an area best walked around.

Not something you see everyday! Two of these (not sure what kind they are) flew over us as we were leaving High Rigg. They came up the valley from Thirlmere and I would say they were flying well below 1000ft until they started to gain height just before they reached us.

The Skiddaw fells in the distance seen from the track between Shaw Bank and Sykes Farm.

A typical Lakeland cottage.

A couple of minutes before the end of the walk and we noticed the rain moving across towards us from the Blencathra direction.

Just enough time for a picture of St John's in the Vale Church before the rain reached us.

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Lake District Walks