High Rigg

Details
Grid Ref NY 308 218
Height 1,163 ft

High Rigg was one of the first fells we ever ventured onto. It was in the first month of doing any Lake District walks and I can still remember how warm it was on that late Good Friday morning with the whole place beginning to show off its Spring finery. The beauty of Tewet Tarn took our breath away, St John's in the Vale Church remains one of Lakelands unexpected surprises and the High Rigg ridge itself was just waiting to be explored; although in those early days we rarely wandered far from the paths.

In some ways High Rigg is very similar to Loughrigg Fell, found further south near Grasmere, it has the same web of paths, they're both littered with tarns and you can gain access to the fell from quite a few different directions. The big difference between these two fells is that High Rigg is usually much quieter.

 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg
2 mile / approx 900 ft ascent
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Following a line from south to north, this route takes in almost the whole length of the ridge. Along the way you're treated to surprisingly good views, given the height of the fell. You pass by numerous tarns and get a first hand insight into the undulating nature of this great little fell.

For a return route I'd recommend continuing down to the church and then following the path through St John's in the Vale around the southern tip of the fell.


 

Route suggestion: Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg
2.5 mile / approx 800 ft ascent
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This route has over one mile of road walking at the start which may put some people off. If this is the case, it would be a shame because the second half of the route more than compensates. Tewet Tarn is simply a gorgeous spot, followed by an easy route over to St John's in the Vale Church. Finally you have a short walk up to High Rigg itself; a prize easily won, in comparison to many other fells.

Photo gallery

High Pike summit with the Skiddaw fells behind
 
Looking across the fields at Dale Bottom

 

Seen from Wanthwaite Bridge

 
 
 

 

High Rigg seen above St John's in the Vale Church

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 34

19th December 2016
  Tewet Tarn and High Rigg 6.1 mile about 1200 ft
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
 

6th September 2016
  Tewet Tarn and High Rigg 6.1 mile about 1200 ft
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
 

19th April 2016
  St John's in the Vale and High Rigg 4.8 mile about 1400 ft
Bridge End - Low Bridge End Farm - St John's in the Vale - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - ridge route back to Bridge End
 

13th March 2016
  Stybarrow Dodd to High Rigg from the bottom of Sticks Pass 12 mile somewhere about 3800 ft
Stanah - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - White Pike - the Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite - Wanthwaite Bridge - Yew Tree Farm - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - Long Band - road back to Stanah
 

13th December 2015
  Tewet Tarn and High Rigg 6.1 mile 1200 ft
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
 

4th March 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 17
  Snipeshow Tarn and High Rigg Tarn 4.8 mile 1200 ft
Rough How Bridge - A591 - Snipeshow Tarn - A591 - Dale Bottom - Naddle - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - Rough How Bridge
 

16th November 2014
  High Rigg and St John's in the Vale 5.5 mile 700 ft
Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale church - St John's in the Vale - Low Bridge end Farm - Bridge End Farm junction
 

14th September 2014
  Tewet Tarn and High Rigg 6.1 mile 1200 ft
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
 

15th April 2014
  Taking Kayleigh up High Rigg on the way home 6.1 mile 1200 ft
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
 

4th January 2014
  Latrigg, High Rigg and Walla Crag 14.1 mile 3100 ft
Briar Rigg - Latrigg - Brundholme - A66 - Naddle Beck - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - Dale Bottom - Nest Brow - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Keswick - Briar Rigg
 

1st December 2013
  Tewet Tarn and High Rigg 6.1 mile 1200 ft
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
 

17th March 2013
  High Rigg and St John's in the Vale 5.5 mile 700 ft
Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale church - St John's in the Vale - Low Bridge end Farm - Bridge End Farm junction
 

25th December 2012
  High Rigg and St John's in the Vale 5.5 mile 700 ft
Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale church - St John's in the Vale - Low Bridge end Farm - Bridge End Farm junction
 

12th August 2012
  St John's in the Vale and High Rigg 4.8 mile 1300 ft
Bridge End Farm junction - Low Bridge end Farm - St John's in the Vale - St John's in the Vale church - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - Long Band - Wren Crag - Bridge End Farm junction
 

7th April 2012
  Tewet Tarn and High Rigg 6.1 mile 1200 ft
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
 

19th February 2012
  How could I be so stupid. I left my gear at home so I walked High Rigg and Walla Crag instead 15 mile 3100 ft
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - Long Band - St John's Beck - St John's in the Vale Church - Dale Bottom - Nest Brow - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

30th October 2011
  Castlerigg Stone Circle to Thirlmere 10 mile 1500 ft
Castlerigg Stone circle - Goosewell Farm - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Long Band - Bridge End Farm - Thirlmere Dam - Shoulthwaite Farm - Rough How Bridge - Shaw Bank - Dale bottom fields - Nest Brow - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

30th May 2011
  High Rigg and St John's in the Vale 4.8 mile 1300 ft
Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale church - St John's in the Vale - Low Bridge end Farm - Bridge End Farm junction
 

25th March 2011
  Tewet Tarn and High Rigg from Castlerigg Stone circle 5 mile 1050 ft
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Naddle Valley - A591 - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

4th December 2010
  Latrigg and High Rigg 11.7 mile 2100 ft
Keswick - Briar Rigg - Spooney Green Land - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Brundholme - A66 - Naddle Beck - Tewet Tarn - St Johns in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - Nest Brow - Keswick
 

17th October 2010
  High Rigg ridge from south to north 4.8 mile 1300 ft
Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale church - St John's in the Vale - Low Bridge end Farm - Bridge End Farm junction
 

25th June 2010
  High Rigg from Keswick 8.9 mile 1600 ft
Briar Rigg - the old railway footpath - High Fieldside - Goosewell Farm - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Nest Brow - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - Keswick - Briar Rigg
 

3rd January 2010
  A great day to be on High Rigg 6.1 mile 1190 ft
A591, Castle Lane - Nest Brow - Naddle Valley - Shaw Bank - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - Tewet Tarn - Naddle Bridge - Castlerigg Stone Circle - A591, Castle Lane
 

18th January 2009
  A short walk up High Rigg and almost beating the bad weather 5.1 mile 1100 ft
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Naddle Valley - Nest Brow - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

8th October 2008
  An afternoon around High Rigg 5.5 mile 1300 ft
Near Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - St John's in the Vale Church - Yew Tree Farn - Shundraw - Near Naddle Bridge
 

28th June 2008
  Snipeshow Tarn to Tewet Tarn 7.5 mile 1570 ft
Castlerigg Stone Circle - A591 - Snipeshow Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - Tewet Tarn - Naddle Bridge - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

20th December 2007
  Castlerigg Stone Circle, Tewet Tarn and High Rigg 6.5 1263
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - A591 - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

10th June 2007
  Early morning peace and quiet on High Rigg 7.1 mile 1766 ft
Nr Burns Farm - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Wren Crag - Low Bridge End Farm - Sosgill Bridge - St John's in the Vale (valley) - Yew Tree Farm - Shundraw - Nr Burns Farm
 

29th August 2006
  A short walk up to High Rigg. 2.5 mile 823 ft
St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - St John's in the Vale Church
 

1st April 2006
  Tewet Tarn, St john’s in the Vale Church and High Rigg from Castlerigg Stone Circle 6.1 mile 1253 ft
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Dale Bottom - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

27th November 2005
  High Rigg from Castlerigg Stone Circle 6.3 mile 1371 ft
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Dale Bottom - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - Tewet Tarn - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

10th April 2005
  A walk from Thirlmere Dam - Raven Crag and High Rigg. 7.9 mile 2185 ft
Thirlmere Dam - Raven Crag - Castle Crag fort - Shoulthwaite Farm - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - A591 - Thirlmere Dam
 

12th December 2004
  A good choice when nothing is planned. 6.3 mile 1808 ft
Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - Low Rigg - Tewet Tarn
 

2nd May 2004
  High Rigg from Castlerigg Stone Circle. 6.3 mile 1430 ft
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - Low Rigg - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - A591 - High Nest - Castlerigg Stone Circle
 



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