30th May 2011

High Rigg and St John's in the Vale


Walk Overview
Time 13.45 to 16.40
Duration 2 hr 55 min
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

Yet another wet morning saw us sitting in the house waiting to set off for a walk. And even after that, we set off a little too early. When we pulled up in the car, another heavy shower passed over so we did the sensible thing and sat in the car for half an hour. The forecast was for it to clear, and it certainly looked that way, so this half hour was well spent as it turned out. Once we set off, the rain stopped and we enjoyed a dry walk with a little sunshine thrown in for good measure.

Looking across the narrow southern end of St John's in the Vale to Castle Rock.

It doesn't take long to gain enough height for a view, in this case showing the point in the valley where the St john's in the Vale road (left) joins up with the main A591 (right).

"It's OK, you don't have to wait for me"

A view through the valley to Blencathra.

And again, this time from the wall which crosses the fell from Low Bridge End Farm to duel carriageway on the A591.

The bigger of the tarns on High Rigg.

High Rigg summit in front of Skiddaw, Lonscale Fell, Great Calva and Blease Fell.

Heading down from High Rigg to St John's in the Vale church.


Inside St John's in the Vale church.

Just to the right of this picture is a seat which makes for a nice peaceful spot for a bite to eat.

After leaving the church, we turned right onto this path leading through St John's in the Vale. This picture looking back along the track shows the distinctive shape of Lonscale Fell in the distance.

A very easy to follow path takes you along the whole of the eastern side of High Rigg.



The final part of the walk takes you through the woods at the southern tip of High Rigg.

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