17th October 2010

High Rigg ridge from south to north


Walk Overview
Time 10.45 to 13.45
Duration 3 hr
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale church - St John's in the Vale - Low Bridge end Farm - Bridge End Farm junction
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Bridge End Farm junction with A591

With room for only about a dozen or so cars this spot tends to fill up rather quickly. If you do manage to get parked this is a really handy place to begin a walk onto the southern ridge of High Rigg or even Thirlmere which is only a shot walk down the road opposite the parking spaces.


Route Map

The plan for today had been to have a walk and then call in at Keswick on the way home to get Jennifer some new waterproof trousers. When we left home however, all was gray and dull so we decided to switch the plans around and as it turned out we couldn't have timed it better. After spending some time trying to find an outdoor shop that was open which actually had what we wanted, the sun came out and we enjoyed a bright, if somewhat cool walk across the ridge as far as High Rigg summit.

The return leg of the walk wasn't quite as sunny, but half a sunny walk was still better than we'd expected.

There's nothing at all wrong with the northern end of High Rigg, but this southern section of the fell always leaves me feeling so satisfied. I can't pin-point exactly why; it just does.


A view from one of the very short, but quite steep sections along the route.

Looking backwards to see Bridge End Farm, Great How and the A591.

We'd now gained enough height to get this view across the ridge to the Skiddaw fells and through St John's in the Vale towards Blencathra.

Wait for me!


High Rigg Tarn is the biggest of the many tarns and pools found dotted about the fell.
The fells in the distance are Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell.

Just about to cross over the wall found at near enough the halfway point of the ridge.

This bit is best walked around, for obvious reasons.

A big view from a small fell.
The high point on the left is Grisedale Pike moving across to the Lord's Seat fells, Bassenthwaite Lake, Dodd, Carl Side and Skiddaw.

Dramatic skies seen from High Rigg summit.

Leaving High Rigg summit with a view across to a rather dark looking Blancathra.

Lunch with a view of a high looking Low Rigg and a low looking Lonscale Fell.
The little pointed fell in teh far distance is Great Calva.

St John's in the Vale Church.

Looking back up the path we'd turned onto just after passing the church.

If I could rewind time by a few seconds Jennifer would be in this pictures as I was politely asking here to "hurry up before the sun goes in again". OK, politely might be stretching the truth, but that's definitely what I said.

St John's in the Vale. It was a pity the sun had gone, but this is still a lovely valley to walk through.

Looking across to the crags on the opposite side of the valley.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks