24th June 2013

St John's in the Vale Church, Tewet Tarn and Castlerigg Stone Circle


Walk Overview
Time 2.25 to 4.15pm
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Nest Brow - Dale Bottom - St John's in the Vale Church - Tewet Tarn - Naddle Bridge - Goosewell Farm - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Castle Lane
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Castle Lane, Castlerigg

This is actually just a small lay-by and not somewhere I'd generally park for a walk. It does offer quick access to Walla Crag however.


Route Map

It wasn't really a walking day today. We'd been for a drive out that took us just across the border into the Yorkshire Dales and on the way home we decided to have a short walk; as seen as though we were already out.
That's Blencathra in the distance and Low Nest Farm in the foreground.

Heading down to Dale Bottom.

This year seems to be a good one for buttercups, unless I've forgotten how many there were in previous years.

Decision time.


A view back down to Dale Bottom from the track over to St John's in the Vale Church.

Next to the church is the Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre.

and here's the church.


Inside the church.

After leaving the church we make our way over to Tewet Tarn. On route, we get this view over St John's in the Vale to Clough Head and the Dodds.

"You'll trip over that scarf if you don't pick it up"

Tewet Tarn and Blencathra.

and now in front of Lonscale Fell, Skiddaw Little Man and Carl Side.

Looking across to High Rigg.

This is part of the information board at Castlerigg Stone Circle. It's a bit hard to read from a photo, but the plaque lists all the fells you can see from the stone circle.

All of Castlerigg Stone Circle seen in front of Bleaberry Fell and Walla Crag.

In front of High Rigg. Helvellyn is the high fell above the tallest stone.

Now in front of Clough Head and the Dodds

and finally in front of Blencathra.

It's a busy time for the farmers who are no doubt taking advantage of the warm and dry conditions.

The next field is getting cut as well. Up on the skyline is Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw.

More buttercups here, thins time in front of Low Rigg, High Rigg, Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Looking back along Castle Lane to Blencathra.

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