10th June 2007

Early morning peace and quiet on High Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 07.05 to 10.45
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.1 mile
Ascent 1766 ft
Walking with On my own
Nr Burns Farm - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Wren Crag - Low Bridge End Farm - Sosgill Bridge - St John's in the Vale (valley) - Yew Tree Farm - Shundraw - Nr Burns Farm
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, near Burns Farm

This is a bit of a sneaky one.
The road widens at a bend and once or twice I've taken the opportunity to leave the car on the grass verge. Sadly there's only room for one car, although if you really want to park in this area there is room near the road junction leading to Naddle Bridge.


Route Map

It was an early start this morning for a walk up an old favourite of mine and although it wasn't quite as bright as I'd expected it to be, the light was lovely and considering it was little after 7am the sun was still very warm. The picture here shows the cloud clinging onto the Skiddaw fells.

Looking ahead to High Rigg.

The unsurprisingly deserted Tewet Tarn was just perfect this morning; peace itself and definitely a shame to carry on walking by, but needs must I suppose. The only sound, which incidentally added to the mood of the place, was from the Skylarks with their constant trills and musical acrobatics, reminding me that this was indeed their territory.

Not quite at it's best, but I think this is probably one of the finest views of Blencathra you'll get from anywhere, this and also the view from the top of Great Mell Fell.

Found next to St John's in the Vale Church and judging by the number of cars (and a bus) parked along the road, the Diocese Youth Centre must have been busy this weekend.

Looking back down to the Youth Centre with Low Rigg behind.

High Rigg summit.

Approaching the Paper Moss area of the ridge. The fell behind with the trees is The Benn and Raven Crag (the pointed bit).

A sea of Bracken, thankfully still small enough to see over the top of, but not for much longer.

There are quite a few small tarns dotted about on High Rigg and even though none of them are actually named, anyone with a tendency for exploration could easily spend the best part of a day on this fell seeking out these little gems.

St John's in the Vale with Blencathra at the far end of the valley.

Great How and the dam end of Thirlmere.

Looking down into St John's in the Vale from the Wren Crag end of Long Band.

Foxgloves along the path through St John's in the Vale.

By the time I reached Sosgill Bridge the blue sky and the sunshine had gone, which was a bit of a shame because this is a lovely area to walk through. Never mind; it was still very warm and I had the place to myself, so I'm not complaining.

Shundraw seen from the footpath I'd followed through the fields from Yew Tree Farm.

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Lake District Walks