3rd October 2009

Blowing a gale on a walk from Keswick to St John's in the Vale Church


Walk Overview
Time 11.15 to 14.00
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 1130 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Brigham - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Naddle Bridge - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - Dale Bottom - Nest Brow - road back to Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Keswick

There are so many car parks and so many roadside options in Keswick I've grouped them all together into one. To state the obvious, the car parks all charge and the roadside parking is rather a hit and miss affair.


Route Map

The River Greta pictured here flowing into Keswick, and for about 20 minutes this morning, this is what the road outside out house looked like. I was just about to leave when the rain began battering on the front door. I looked out the window and the hill outside the house was like a river. There was no chance I was even going to walk as far as the car until it had stopped. Thankfully though, by the time I got to Keswick the sun was out and I actually managed to stay dry for the whole walk. The most notable thing today however was the wind; far too strong for a comfortable day on the tops. Once the forecast gives winds over 50 mph I start to think seriously about where I'm heading, and with today's forecast giving gusts of over 70 mph, I hardly need to say that I didn't even consider heading onto the fells themselves.

Looking back to the bridge from which I took the previous photo.

Blencathra seen from the road leading up to Castlerigg Stone Circle.

And also looking across to Latrigg.

Cutting across the fields between Goosewell Farm and Naddle Bridge.

Tewet Tarn; easy to reach from the road, and quite simply one of the nicest 'little' areas in the Lake District. I've been coming here regularly since the very beginning of our fell walking days and I've had that same feeling of satisfaction on every single occasion.

Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Little Man seen behind the tarn.


Looking ahead to St John's in the Vale Church and High Rigg.

I had intended to sit in the churchyard for something to eat (no I'm not some sort of weirdo, there's a seat next to the church). As there was a wedding taking place, I did the polite thing and sat along here instead. The good news for the happy couple is that I wouldn't feature in their wedding photos eating crisps and sandwiches. The bad news for me, was that the wind lifted the packet of crisps out of my hand, scattered the crisps all over the track and then added insult to injury by blowing the empty packet back to where I was sitting. Never mind, I'm sure the birds had a good feed when I left.


Stone Cottage; a typical old Lakeland farmhouse.

I'm never sure whether to call this area Dale Bottom or Naddle Valley. I've always referred to it as Dale Bottom although I suspect the valley as a whole would be Naddle.

High Rigg.


High Rigg and the eastern ridge, taken from the roadside near Low Nest Farm.

Derwent Water and a host of grey looking north western fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks