16th November 2014

High Rigg and St John's in the Vale


Walk Overview
Time 10:30am to 1:45pm
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Bridge End Farm junction - Wren Crag - Long Band - High Rigg Tarn - High Rigg - St John's in the Vale church - St John's in the Vale - Low Bridge end Farm - Bridge End Farm junction
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Bridge End Farm junction with A591

With room for only about a dozen or so cars this spot tends to fill up rather quickly. If you do manage to get parked this is a really handy place to begin a walk onto the southern ridge of High Rigg or even Thirlmere which is only a shot walk down the road opposite the parking spaces.


Route Map

"What are you two doing on High Rigg"
"Good question, , , , you see it was like this:-"
The forecast was for cloud from the valleys upwards, so, not wanting a day up in the clouds, we got up slightly later than normal with the intention of having a walk in a valley or round a lake or something like that. Once we'd left home I realised we'd been lied to, and not just the valleys but all the fells were free of cloud. Right, that's okay, we'll have a run through to Rydal and have a walk over Loughrigg Fell and Lily Tarn. As we drove past Grasmere the place was absolutely packed with parked cars, every car park, lay-by and grass verge was full. "must be something on today". Anyway: we got to Rydal and it was full as well. Okay, we'll try Pelter Bridge and although there was room on the car park. the machine didn't like our money! I could have taken a chance but didn't fancy getting a £60 fine.
We couldn't get parked in Rydal, Grasmere was a no go area so we just headed back the way we'd just come and as this picture shows, we ended up on High Rigg.

For the time being the views were crystal clear in this direction.


A view back down to the Thirlmere road.


Looking through St John's in the Vale towards Blencathra.

From the same spot as the previous picture only this time looking across the top of High Rigg to the Skiddaw fells.

Now with a little bit of zoom.


Reflections in High Rigg Tarn. Looks like someone is having a bonfire on Lonscale Fell,

I chose to walk around the boggy bit as I always do but Jennifer thought she's take the direct route alongside the wall. I was half expecting to hear screams as she sank up to her knees in water and mud.
The high point in the distance is Clough Head.

High level cloud had moved in which made things look much less clear than they had been when we set off. It was still very mild though, especially when you realise we're half way through November.

A close up of Tewet Tarn.

Lonscale Fell, Great Calva and Blencathra seen from High Rigg summit.


St John's in the Vale Church.

Our return journey was through St John's in the Vale.

Here's a broadside picture looking across to the crags below Clough Head and Calfhow Pike.

Almost back at the car now as the path passes close to St John's Beck.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks