19th April 2016

St John's in the Vale and High Rigg

Time in the afternoon
Duration Didn't take any notice
Distance 4.8 mile
Ascent In the region of 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Bridge End - Low Bridge End Farm - St John's in the Vale - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - ridge route back to Bridge End
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 short walk down the road opposite the parking spaces.
Route Map


The opportunity for a midweek afternoon walk presented itself and after discussing a few option on the drive from home, High Rigg was chosen. But, "let's include a walk through the valley as well". Here we walk next to St John's Beck and what we saw next was a real shock.

You have to be joking - - - - the blue line marks how high up the tree the flood debris reached. Jennifer adds scale and under normal conditions (today) the beck is over there on the right; next to those stones.

Back up on the proper path now and we make our way towards open ground and the walk through St John's in the Vale.

St John's in the Vale with Blencathra in the distance.


This is just about the highest point you reach when walking through the valley. Looking in this direction you see Lonscale Fell on the felt of the tree and Blencathra on the right hand side of the tree.



St John's in the Vale church.

Very peaceful here today and nice to see all the Daffodils.

After a bite to eat outside the church we head up High Rigg. Turning around to seethe Skiddaw fells in the distance.

Just below High Rigg summit.

and the summit itself.

Looking around we see the grassy undulating ridge ahead of us. Part of Thirlmere is in view and the eastern fells as far as Helvellyn.


About half way along the ridge and depending on where you set off from, the wall down there is the place to decide which way to go. Today, we're walking to the end of the ridge so we go over the stile and take the left hand path over there.


Passing by one of the many small pools found on High Rigg.

It just shows you don't have to get onto one of the higher fells to get a good view.

Here's a final picture looking through St John's in the Vale towards Blencathra before it vanished from view.

Now that's what I call a good way to spend an afternoon.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks