28th September 2012

A showery walk to Tewet Tarn & St John's in the Vale Church


Walk Overview
Time 13.45 to 15.50
Duration 2 hr 5 min
Distance 4.3 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

I had one heavy shower after another today. Some of which were spent sheltering under trees, while others saw me walking with my head down across muddy fields. I think I'm correct in saying we'd all prefer to walk in nice sunny conditions, but it's all part of the rich tapestry of fell walking I suppose. Besides, I have to admit that walking in showers like this can still be enjoyable in it's own peculiar sort of way.
Torrential none stop rain, , , , now that's a different story altogether.

Over there are Clough Head and the Dodds.

A close up of Walla Crag enjoying a little sunshine.


Walking through the field below Tewet Tarn and looking across to Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Lower Man.
It was incredibly muddy walking through here today. Behind me was a strip of land about about 10 yards long stretching from one side of the field to the other made up of ankle deep mud. It doesn't sound like much but it isn't the easiest stuff to walk through, particularly on sloping ground like this.

And now seen from the side of Tewet Tarn.

Tewet Tarn seen in front of Blencathra.

The white buildings you can see are Goosewell Farm that we walked past that earlier in the walk. Directly behind is Latrigg.

A close up of Lonscale Fell and Great Calva.

A view ahead to St John's in the Vale church and High Rigg.

On route down to the church you have Clough Head and Threlkeld Knotts over on your left hand side.

St John's in the Vale church. I would have had a look in the church but it wasn't the right thing to do with such muddy boots.

WOW, a little bit of sunshine makes all the difference.

Low Nest Farm. I took this photo from the fields in Dale Bottom.

Blencathra, seen from the beck running through Dale Bottom.

A view back shows the lovely valley of Dale Bottom, High Rigg and behind, you see Clough Head and the Dodds.

Walking along Castle Lane and looking towards Blencathra.

Just before the final shower of the walk I took this photo looking back along Castle Lane towards Walla Crag.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks