13th December 2015

Tewet Tarn and High Rigg

Time 8:50 to 11:30am
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Goosewell Farm - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - Dale Bottom - Nest Brow - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


I'm sure everyone looking at this has already seen the pictures and read about the devastation caused by the weather last weekend. So at this stage of things I fail to see any benefit in me reminding everyone about it or showing anymore pictures of other peoples misery. That's not to say I haven't been concerned or troubled by what happened because I have. Some of the places worst affected are very dear to me and many are where I've spent some of my happiest hours in life. We do have to move on however, and for me that meant getting back out for a walk.

I'd normally start this walk from the parking spaces next to Castlerigg Stone Circle but the roads were very icy this morning so I played it safe and parked on the main road at the A591 end of Castle Lane. This meant I' be looking at this view of Blencathra at the beginning of the walk instead of at the end of it.


Looking across to the north western fells from Castle Lane.

Despite the day breaking a while ago, a view across to Clough Head, The Dodds and the Helvellyn fells made me feel like I was witnessing the sunrise all over again.

Castlerigg Stone Circle seen as a bank of cloud worked it's way up from Dale Bottom.


Peace and quiet at Tewet Tarn.

Blencathra again and Tewet Tarn again.


Looks like St John's in the Vale is reluctant to let the early morning mist clear.

St John's in the Vale Church was reached and after what feels like an age of wet & stormy days it was nice to enjoy some calmness. Most noticeable of all however was the silence.

The heating had make it nice and warm inside the church and I suspect if I'd sat down for more than a few minutes I'd have been reluctant to head outdoors again.


A close up of St John's in the Vale.

An icy High Rigg summit.

A view across to Blencathra.

and before I leave the summit, a picture looking south towards the Thirlmere direction.

Naddle and Dale Bottom taken as I walked along the Shaw Bank road.

High level cloud was really filling in now and all the while, the colours of the fields, the fells and the sky were all blending in with each other.


Looking back across Dale Bottom to the Castlerigg Fell area.

Dramatic skies to the south.

Blencathra seen from the path across Dale Bottom.


And to finish, a photo of Blencathra from the field near Low Nest Farm.
Hopefully walking opportunities will be a bit more plentifully from now on for me. Having checked through my facts & figures, I've had less walks over the last two months than in any two month period for at least the last 13 years.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks