High Rigg and St. John’s in the Vale

Name of walk High Rigg and St. John's in the Vale
Date of walk 2008-07-21
Distance walked (miles) 5
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk High Rigg
Walked with Ged, Tom and blind Kas
Parking St. John`s in the Vale Church

Yesterday was a superb hot weather day so Tom, Ged, Kas and I went to St. Johns in the Vale to do the circuit of High Rigg (1165ft), an easy five mile walk. We started form the church at the north end of the fell climbing up the grass behind the Youth Centre.

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View from St Johns in the Vale Church of Blencathra.

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Tom and Kas taking the lead.

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It only took about half an hour to reach the summit, all over grass. Skiddaw and Lonscale behind. Tom was pleased that he was on the top first and ahead of us slow coaches!

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View to the south summit and Thirlmere. Helvellyn off left, Raven Crag on the right.

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View towards Bassenthwaite Lake.

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Tewet Tarn in between Lonscale and the slopes of Blencathra. Great Calva in the middle.

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A blue paraglider on Thunacar Knotts leading to Clough Head on the right.

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The precipitous Clough Head.

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Raise, Whiteside, Helvellyn Lower man and Helvellyn peeking through behind.

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"Mountain men"...

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The route to the south summit..

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The south summit. Great How behind Tom`s head.

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Looking back at Blencathra from our lunch spot.

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The mini-peak of Calfhow Pike on the left, Great Dodd and Watson`s Dodd.

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The purple heather has started to flower.

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The route down to St. Johns Beck and the valley walk back.

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View back the way we came.

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The walk above the beck.

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We stopped at Low Bridge End Farm which has a Tea Garden just for walkers which you get to via the steps. Cars are not allowed! The other couple had walked in the opposite direction to us.

We then followed the track back to the church. A good, easy walk with excellent views out!
Jo.
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