15th April 2014

Taking Kayleigh onto High Rigg on the way home


Walk Overview
Time 2:40 to 5:20pm
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Keyleigh Turnbull
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
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


This morning had been spent at work but not in the normal place, instead we were across in Stockton in the north east. "What time do you want to get here for the meeting" we were asked "as early as possible". And the reason for the early start, because we were hopeful that the weather would be good enough to have a walk on the way home, should there be enough time left in the day.

We crossed the fields below Goosewell Farm where you get this view of Blencathra. Actually, you can get a view of Blencathra from most of this walk.

I think this one has been playing with a tin of shoe polish.

Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Little Man seen from the field leading up from the road to Tewet Tarn.

Blencathra seen behind the stile over the wall next to Tewet Tarn.

Tewet Tarn was looking a lovely as it ever does today.

Here's a broadside view across to Clough Head and Hilltop Quarries. I'd be the first one to admit it looks unlikely that you'd be able to walk up through the crags. But you can, and I spent a few moments pointing out the different routes, particularly Fisher's Wifes Rake, where, if you look carefully enough from here you can actually see the zig zag path. (it's too hard to see in a photo I'm afraid)

Tewet Tarn in front of Blencathra. The pointed fell on the left is Great Calva.

St John's in the Vale Church.

Above the church and youth centre now and in the distance are Carl Side, Skiddaw Lower Man, Lonscale Fell and Great Calva.

Wide open space and a view across the valley to Threlkeld.

The escalator was out of service so we used the stairs instead.


Turning around we look down to St John's in the Vale and across to the eastern fells as far as Helvellyn. If you look on the right of the picture you can see part of Thirlmere and Steel Fell. We're heading across to the wall on the right hand edge of the photo.

High Rigg summit cairn in front of Blencathra.

A close up of Fornside.


Interesting clouds. It looks like someone has taken a comb and dragged it through the clouds.

A close up of Helvellyn, Helvellyn Lower Man and Browncove Crags.

High Rigg can be ascended or descended by lots of different routes or if you like you can walk the whole length of the fell. Today, we walked about half way across before dropping down to the road past Shaw Bank.
It's easy to follow, you just stay by the wall all the way down.

We're off the fell and heading through the valley now. We're also out of the slight breeze we had higher up and it feels really warm.


A look across to High Rigg from the fields near Sykes Farm.

Looking through Dale Bottom to Helvellyn in the distance.

and here's Helvellyn looking a bit closer.

Low Nest Farm, taken just after crossing the stone stile.

Baby can't be bothered getting up so Mum keeps a watchful eye on us two just in case we decide to take it home for tea. When I say "for tea" I don't actually for tea, I mean, , , , , never mind it's too hard to explain.

Low Nest Farm. It's a B&B and as far as views and gorgeous countryside goes, it doesn't get much better than this.

We're on the final section of the walk now heading along Castle Lane. Just as always, that was a great little walk through some of Lakelands loveliest countryside. And as much as I always enjoy this walk, today's outing felt even better than normal. First of all because of the clear conditions and the warm sunshine which would make anyone feel good at this time of year. Secondly because it wad done not only on a work day, but on a day when I'd actually been to work.

That's it for today folks.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks