18th January 2009

A short walk up High Rigg and almost beating the bad weather


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.10
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
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
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

Snow covered fells, waterlogged fields and somewhat wintry day greeted us as we set out from Castlerigg Stone Circle. Carrying on with the current trend, today's forecast was for another band of bad weather to come in by the afternoon. In light of this we opted for a shorter, lower level walk. The forecast turned out to be spot on, and to our credit, our timing was only about five minutes out.

A group of strange looking locals huddled behind a wall.

Tewet Tarn.
I couldn't begin to guess how many times I've been here, but every time I walk across the field and see the tarn, I still get that same feeling of satisfaction as I got the first time I came here.

Latrigg, Lonscale Fell and high on the skyline is Skiddaw Little Man.

A similar photo to the previous one. This time without the tarn and with Great Calva.

Sunshine on Blencathra.
Notice the black bit to the left of the tarn. This is actually the four ponies which are almost always seen at some point along this section of path.

Having crossed a very wet area of fellside, the youth centre comes into view.
The path leading up to High Rigg is found behind the right hand side of the building.

St John's in the Vale Church.

Heading up to High Rigg.

There was a strong wind starting to pick up by now and if it was this strong down here I dread to think what it was like on the top of the skiddaw fells over there.

A wintry scene from High Rigg summit. It is January so I suppose we can't expect much else.

It's a bit too difficult to describe, but our route took us down towards the farm, across the fields and up to the main road near the left hand farm seen on the opposite side of the valley.

A nice burst of sunshine as we cross the fields.

Well, the weather was really closing in now, but at least we'd had a dry walk up to now.


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Lake District Walks