30th August 2015

Tewet Tarn & St John's in the Vale Church

Time 11:45am to 2:30pm
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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


"Fancy an ice cream"
"Err, not really. After three weeks on holiday with temperatures up in the 30s I think I've had enough ice creams to last the rest of the year"

Castlerigg Stone Circle in front of Walla Crag.

Our route saw us following the road past Goosewell Fell. On the way you get a great view over the fields towards High Rigg and the Helvellyn fells beyond.


Looking up to Blencathra.

and now looking across to Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Little Man.


Off the road now and on the fields leading to Tewet Tarn. The side of Lonscale Fell seems to have a lice line of purple heather running across it.

Clough Head taken from the gateway.

To say the least, conditions at Tewet Tarn was more agreeable today than they were on our previous visit here on January 1st.

Here's one of the ponies we always see in this area. I can't help but think they always look totally fed up about something.

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

Clough Head again, this time seen from the path near the church.

Lunch with a view of people having lunch with a view of Blencathra.


We opted not to include High Rigg today, instead we headed straight down to Dale Bottom

Okay, perhaps we'll have a game of hide and seek some other day after I've explained the rules.

Looking back through Dale Bottom to High Rigg. Behind are Clough Head, the Dodds, Raise, White Side and Helvellyn.

Am I the only one around here that knows how to play hide and seek.

"D'ya think this is near enough? I wouldn't like to get into any bother with the farmer"

We head down Castle Lane with fine views of Blencathra in front of us.

Clough Head and Great Dodd seen from the old barn with a new roof.

Still lots of people at Castlerigg Stone Circle when we got back. I assume they aren't the same people that were here earlier.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks