19th February 2012

How could I be so stupid. I left my gear at home so I walked High Rigg and Walla Crag instead


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 15.15
Duration 6 hr
Distance 15 mile
Ascent 3100 ft
Walking with On my own
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - Long Band - St John's Beck - St John's in the Vale Church - Dale Bottom - Nest Brow - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - 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

Unbelievable, I'd driven to Ambleside and I was just about to set off walking onto Red Screes when I realised I'd left my jacket(s), hat and gloves at home. I was unlikely to need a hat and could probably get away without gloves, but heading up there at this time of year without any jacket would have been stupid. Both jackets (the waterproof one and the other one) had got wet yesterday and I left the house with them still hanging up where I'd left them to dry. O Crap, now I need to think of something else.

Tewet Tarn.

And again, this time in front of Lonscale Fell and Blencathra. There are lots of pictures of Blencathra on this walk. The sun was in my eyes looking south so I seemed to take more pictures than normal in this direction.

Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Great Calva (the dark one at the back) and Blencathra, all seen from the path up onto High Rigg.

Standing on High Rigg summit and looking towards the north western fells.

If you're having your tea, don't look at the next picture.

Should have walked around !!

Yes, that's Blencathra in the distance.

This is the bigger of the tarns on High Rigg.


A view down to St John's in the Vale.


Green trees and blue sky.

At the end of the ridge I turned left to follow this wooded path into St John's in the Vale.

You needn't look so worried it's still ten months until Christmas, that's plenty of time to plan your escape.

St John's in the Vale was lovely today, although I couldn't help wishing I was up on the tops instead. I know, it was my own fault.


Just past the church now and looking across Dale Bottom. The high fell in the distance is Grisedale Pike.

Heading up towards Low Nest Farm.


Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite and Keswick, taken from the top of Walla Crag.

Clough Head and the Dodds, seen from Walla Crag summit.

After leaving Walla Crag I thought about heading onto Bleaberry Fell, but walking downhill to Derwent Water appealed more than an uphill with fewer options to get back to the car.

Woodland between Walla Crag and Derwent Water.

Derwent Water.


Springs Wood. It'll look a bit greener in a couple of months.

Heading down Castle Lane.

A close up of Calfhow Pike and Great Dodd.

and looking the other way, a close up of Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man.

Well, after a rubbish start, the day turned out to be pretty good after all. It's surprising just how much ground you can cover if you just keep going. And although I wasn't exactly wandering about aimlessly the whole thing was done off the cuff, so to speak.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks