8th July 2011

A short walk from Castlerigg before it rained


Walk Overview
Time 13.45 to 15.15
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 4.1 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with On my own
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Goosewell Farm - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - Nest Brow - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Castlerigg Stone Circle

If you arrive here in the middle of the day at the height of summer, you'll probably find the place full, but if you're prepared to wait, it won't be long until one of the visitors at Castlerigg Stone Circle jumps in their car and drives off. Unless you're using this place as a starting poit for a walk, most people only seem to stay here for ten or fifteen minutes at the most.

Surprisingly because it's next to such a popular tourist attraction parking is free.


Route Map

After two weeks away on holiday it was good to get a bit of the Lake District under my feet again. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the holiday, because it was fantastic. It's just that however stunning the scenery is or however high the mountains might be elsewhere, nowhere can ever feel as 'special' as this place does to me.

A close up of Castlerigg Fell and Bleaberry Fell.

Blencathra is never really out of view on this walk. This picture was taken between the road and Tewet Tarn.

I was once chased by cows near Tewet Tarn so I'm always pleased to see them well out of harms way like this.

Tewet Tarn in front of Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell.
It looks like it's raining on Skiddaw.


After crossing this wall on Low Rigg, it's more or less a straight line walk down to St John's in the Vale Church.

Clough Head and Threlkeld Knotts.

The sign points back towards Tewet Tarn.

I think I'm correct in saying if someone is stupid enough to try and drive down somewhere which obviously isn't a suitable road, then the chances are that they're also too stupid to take notice of this.

Summer meadows in Dale Bottom.


Looking across the fields to Sykes Farm and High Rigg.

Blencathra, seen as I cross one of the streams which eventually runs into Naddle Beck.

Dale Bottom, The Dodds and Helvellyn.

Blencathra seen from Castle Lane.

and looking in the opposite direction with Bleaberry Fell and Walla Crag on the left, and the north western fells on the right of the picture.

There's no point walking about when you can sit comfortably chewing the cud.

Mmmmm, , , I turn up and everyone else moves away. Perhaps I shouldn't have worn the same shirt I've had on for the last three weeks.

The view down to Dale Bottom and over High Rigg from Castlerigg Stone Circle.

One of the information boards shows the layout of the stone circle and names the fells which can be seen from it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks