19th December 2016

Tewet Tarn and High Rigg

Time 9 to 11:45am
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent Close to 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
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 - Castlerigg Stone Circle
Fells visited
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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


There's something not quite right here. The guy on the telly and the people on the internet were very clear when they forecasted cloud inversions today. In light of their inaccurate predictions I abandoned my grand plans for a walk over Helvellyn and came here instead. Still a very nice walk but not done in conditions I'd normally take a day off work for.


Lonscale fell and Skiddaw topped with cloud instead of poking out above it.

and also Blencathra.

Tewet Tarn.

Looking ahead to High Rigg.


I hope he (or she) found the fruit & nuts I left on top of the sundial.

Inside St John's in the Vale Church.

I'm gaining a little bit of height on High Rigg now and here's the view of Blencathra.


High Rigg summit.



After walking across the ridge for a short distance I followed the wall down to Dale Bottom. It's not very far but it's a lovely walk through here and up to the main road again.




Sykes Farm and High Rigg seen from Dale Bottom.

Looking back along Castle Lane.

And to finish, I'm followed for a little while by this lady. Not sure what she wanted but if it was some fruit & nuts she was out of luck - the Robin got those.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks