25th December 2012

High Rigg and St John's in the Vale


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.50
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
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

Castle Rock of Triermain above The Green.

Looking to Great How and Thirlmere from the southern end of the High Rigg ridge.

A close up of the cloud rising on the fells above Thirlmere.

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

Deep in thought or taking a picture of the boggy bit.

Santa's Little Helper at High Rigg summit.

Still at the summit and looking across to the Whinlatter / Lord's Seat fells, Bassenthwaite Lake, Dodd, Latrigg and the cloud topped Skiddaw Fells.

A view over the broader northern end of St John's in the Vale. The cluster of buildings over there is Threlkeld.


Wow, this old lady must be a good age.

, , , , of course I'm talking about the car, what did you think I meant.

Inside St John's in the Vale Church.


and outside the church.

Looking down to Bridge House and wondering how often it gets flooded.

That's a coincidence. As I type this, it's just been on the local news that Cumbria Constabulary are asking people to contact them if they have any information about the mysterious disappearance of the top half of Blencathra.


Walking through St John's in the Vale.

There was lots of water in St John's Beck today. Just a little higher and our path would have been under water.

Fast flowing water.

Walking through the woods above St John's Beck.

Well, it's almost time for Santa's Little Helper to start making the Christmas dinner.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks