8th October 2008

An afternoon around High Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 16.20
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Route Map

Today's sunny afternoon saw us grab the chance to get out for a walk in the St John's in the Vale / High Rigg area. But where to park, I do have a couple of 'sneaky' spaces around here, but sadly they were all taken so we ended up on the broad verge near the junction for Naddle Bridge.

Crossing the wall at Tewet Tarn.

Clearly uninterested in us, these two simply couldn't have cared less how close I got to take a picture. I suppose once you've seen one guy in a bright red shirt taking photos, you've seen them all.

A close up of Lonscale Fell and Great Calva.

From St John's in the Vale church we followed a route up to High Rigg. On the way we got a lovely view looking back at the golden coloured bracken around Low Rigg.

Blencathra, taken a little further up from the previous picture.

Clough Head.

High Rigg is dotted with quite a few little tarns (puddles??) like this one, which we passed shortly after leaving High Rigg summit.

Another picture of Clough Head.

This is another one of the small tarns I mentioned. This one is is surrounded by an area of wet and marshy ground with a path around the edge.


From the High Rigg ridge we followed the wall in the previous picture down to the western side of the fell. We then followed this lovely track / road past Shaw Bank and back around to St John's in the Vale church.



St John's in the Vale church.

Heading down the "straight" section of road between Yew Tree Farm and the Wanthwaite Bridge road. I hope we don't meet a tractor coming the other way.

And looking around to Clough Head, from the same spot.


Blencathra, seen here from the road back to the car.

I suppose it was in view for almost the whole walk, so here's one last picture of Clough Head.

Obviously from a slower and much gentler time when people travelled at a leisurely enough pace to read a sign as small as this. Not much use if you're hurtling along at 60mph in a car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks