14th September 2014

Tewet Tarn and High Rigg


Walk Overview
Time 8:20 to 11:50am
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
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
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


Just down from our start point I look through the gate to see Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Lower Man.

Lonscale Fell shows its distinctive shape much better from this angle at rises up beyond the fields.


Blencathra beyond Burns Farm.

Tewet Tarn wasn't looking it's best today but that didn't matter, this is still one of Lakeland's loveliest corners and always a pleasure to visit.



Now we're passed the cows we can breath easy and hope that's out final encounter with unfriendly wildlife on this walk.

, , , , I think I spoke too soon. Now we had to face an invasion of the killer spiders.

What a difference in the weather or as the guy here said to us "it's a lot fresher today".

St John's in the Vale Church


When I survey the wondrous cross.

Here's a murky view across to the northern fells. The big wet thing on the right hand side is Tewet Tarn.

Looking southwards we see St John's in the Vale and Thirlmere.

Looking back across to High Rigg summit.

We approach Moss Crag and despite the dry conditions, it's still too wet underfoot to walk straight across.

"Don't get too far ahead. If we get separated in among this we'll never find each other"

Time consuming

Then something happened that was very strange indeed; it started to rain. It's been that long since I'd had any rain on a walk I'd almost forgot what it was like. Thankfully it only lasted about ten minutes.



A view across Dale Bottom to High Rigg.

Low Nest Farm taken as we walk through the fields leading up to the main road.

And a close up.

Looking along Castle Lane to Blencathra.


"Have you got a bag"
"Yeah, why"
"If we pick some of these, I'll make a crumble to have with our tea"

I look around to see Walla Crag catching a splash of short lived sunlight.
This wasn't actually the walk we'd left home to do today but we still got back to the car feeling more than pleased with the mornings efforts. I couldn't guess how many times we've done this walk over the years or how many times we'll repeat it again in the future. What I do know is it remains one of the most satisfying shorter / easier walks we ever do.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks