1st December 2013

Tewet Tarn and High Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 10:15am to 1:45pm
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Goosewell Fsrm - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - Dale Bottom - 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


Just around the corner from Castlerigg Stone Circle you get this view across to High Rigg and Dale Bottom.

This is one way to keep trespassers of your land.

Passing by Goosewell Farm.

We're heading across the fields to the road down there. Looking at it from here, you'd think it twisted and turned its way through the valley, across the open ground and all the way to Great Mell Fell, which of course it doesn't.

Looking across to Clough Head from the stile we used to access the field.

A close up of Walla Crag.

A view cross to Blencathra.

and a view across to Lonscale Fell.

Over the stile next to Tewet Tarn we go.

Almost but not quite decent reflections of Lonscale Fell and Blencathra in Tewet Tarn.

One of the friendly ponies on Low Rigg.

and all three of them in front of Lonscale Fell, Great Calva and Blencathra.

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

There seems to be lots of fells with cloud just clipping their tops today. Here you can see Clough Head.

St John's in the Vale Church.

A close up of Threlkeld and the lower slopes of Blencathra's ridges.

and not so close up.

Just below High Rigg summit.

Zooming in on the Fornside area of St John's in the Vale.

Looking in a southerly direction towards Thirlmere. That's the way we're going. We'll walk about half way across the ridge before dropping back down to valley level.

High Rigg summit.

A longer distance view down to Fornside and the cloud covered Dodds.

A close up of Thirlmere. It looks like it's raining across there.

The boggy bit on High Rigg. You can actually get straight across next to the wall but despite walking across here dozens and dozens of of times I always walked around the western side of the bog.

A view back up our descent route off the fell.

The countryside is lovely around here so it's well worth including a walk through the valley rather than seeking out the quickest route to and from the highest point on the fell.


Looking ahead to Piper House and Stone Cottage.

As I said "lovely countryside".



Sykes Farm and High Rigg.

If you have trouble making decisions you might want to go somewhere else.

Most other fells were now clear but Blencathra is still topped with cloud.

Looking back to Dalebottom and High Rigg. The higher fells in the background are Clough Head the Dodds.


Almost back now and we walk down Castle Lane which runs in a surprisingly straight line from the A591 to the stone circle. That's Blencathra in the background.

Compare this to the first picture which shows much more cloud on the fells than there was when we got to the end of the walk.

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Lake District Walks