29th January 2017

Tewet Tarn & St John's in the Vale Church

Time am
Duration not sure
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent somewhere near 400 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


Despite there was a fair bit of blue sky in view we spent most of the walk without the need for sunblock. Never mind, it took nothing away from the walk and most surprising thing for the time of year was the little bit of heat we felt from the sun during the few brief moments when the sun shone on us. Yes - a great little walk.

Latrigg, Skiddaw Little Mand and Lonscale Fell, seen from the roadside.

Jennifer heads up the field to reach Tewet Tarn. That's Clough Head over there with snow on top.

Under all that cloud is Blencathra !

Tewet Tarn.

Along here we had a brief spell of sunshine. Pity it only lasted a few seconds but the colours were lovely while it was out.

And again, this time looking in the direction of Blencathra.

Over the very slippery stone stile and we look ahead to High Rigg.

St John's in the Vale Church.


Sykes Farm and Dale Bottom nicely lit up by another spell of sunshine.

Cloud drama.

Here's a long distance view of Blencathra taken from Dale Bottom.

And to finish, we look along Castle Lane and wonder if we'll get back to the car before the rain arrives. We did, but only just.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks