3rd January 2010

A great day to be on High Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 10.55 to 15.15
Duration 4 hr 20 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1190 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591, Castle Lane - Nest Brow - Naddle Valley - Shaw Bank - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - Tewet Tarn - Naddle Bridge - Castlerigg Stone Circle - A591, Castle Lane
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Castle Lane, Castlerigg

This is actually just a small lay-by and not somewhere I'd generally park for a walk. It does offer quick access to Walla Crag however.


Route Map

Low Nest farm in front of Blencathra.

After only a couple of minutes walking along the main road we headed onto the fields and across the valley.

Feeding time.

Blencathra was never far from view on today's walk and this one was taken from the fields between the man road and Sykes farm.

A long distance view of Skiddaw Little Man taken from the road near Sykes Farm.

Looking back along the narrow road which runs along the western side of High Rigg.

Time to head up onto the ridge now, but not before taking a picture looking through the valley towards the Skiddaw Fells.

The view back down the short, and not too steep climb up to the High Rigg ridge.

Normally this is the boggy section of the fell, but there were no problems today. I still walked around it though.

Well done to eagle eyed Jennifer for spotting this couple walking in the opposite direction along the ridge. It's a pity we weren't a bit quicker at realising our advantage, from up here we'd have had the upper hand in a snowball fight.

Blencathra, High Rigg and Threlkeld Knotts, all looking as thought they're part of the same fell, which of course they aren't.

Approaching High Rigg summit.

The view back along the ridge, into St John's in the Vale and up to the eastern fells.

Lunch with a view.

Clough Head, seen from the summit.

St John's in the Vale church.

I think there must have been a service on this morning because it was lovely and warm inside the church. Warm enough to make you think twice about heading back outside anyway.

A nice colourful, even if somewhat crowded nativity scene. I can't decide if the lambs are very big or if the cow and the donkey are perhaps of the dwarf variety.

Calfhow Pike and the Dodds, taken from the top step of a very slippery stile.

Heading down to Tewet Tarn, which looks as though it might frozen, , , ,

, , , "what do you mean don't go any further in case it cracks. I didn't eat that much at Christmas."

Dancing on ice comes to the Lake District.

With more frosty nights forecast for the foreseeable future, it's going to be quite a while before the minor roads return to normality. Thank heavens for grass verges to walk along.

Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Long shadows at Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Clough Head and The Dodds.

And Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell.

Looking back along Castle Lane to Blencathra.

Almost at the end of a fantastic walk, but there was still enough time to look over the wall to take a picture of Clough Head, Helvellyn and everything in between.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks