High Rigg and Tewet Tarn in Snow.

Name of walk High Rigg and Tewet Tarn in Snow.
Date of walk 2015-02-04
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 5 hours 20 minutes
Weather Snow, blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk High Rigg
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Roadside opposite junction for Bridge End Farm

There were blue skies and sunshine again on Wednesday so today we decided on a walk over High Rigg, down to the church and on to Tewet Tarn, returning via the footpath through St John’s in the Vale. A walk of about 7 miles. We parked the car opposite the turning to Bridge End Farm, then it is just a short walk to the stile and gate and the track that leads up to High Rigg. It was much warmer today than on Monday, only about 0C, with no wind at all. This is a walk that is easy to do and gives excellent views out to the surrounding fells. It is an even better walk in the snow!

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The view back towards the Helvellyn range.

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Kas sniffs out the route ahead. The Dodds on the right.

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View towards a snowy Skiddaw and Blencathra.

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Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell behind Ged.

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Looking back to Great How and Thirlmere.

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High Rigg is very undulating and the down sections were quite icy, so I put on my microspikes.

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View from one of the dips.

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We head for the frozen tarn.

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Perfect for ice skating!

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Blencathra.

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Calfhow Pike above.

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I just managed to get my camera out of my pocket in time to get a shot of this single prop plane. No idea what kind it is. Bill in Melbourne emailed that it is possibly an EMB 314 Super Tucano (Brazilian) used as trainers by the RAF. So, there you go!

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Thirlmere.

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The ridge up Grisedale Pike, where we were a couple of weeks ago, just peeking out.

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Ever felt as if you were being watched?

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The sun kept coming out and shining on Blencathra, but this only happened on the occasions we were in a dip!

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Heading for the wall stile.

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Kas, being blind, can get up but not down, so he waits patiently for us to catch him up. The sun is out again, so we must be in a dip!

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Not far to go now.

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View back the way we have come.

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A panorama view from the final dip before the summit. Bassenthwaite Lake in the centre. Left click on the photo to enlarge and re-click to return.

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Heading for the summit.

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Blencathra from the summit.

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Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw.

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Clough Head.

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A closer view of Lonscale Fell and Blease Fell with Great Calva, in sunshine, in the middle. Tewet Tarn can be seen in the foreground.

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Kas and me.

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We make our way down.

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Which way now Kas?

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Just head for the big mountain!

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St. John's in the Vale Church.

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Snowdrops.

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The church interior.

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We head for Tewet Tarn. Looking back at High Rigg.

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Fell ponies.

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View across a frozen Tewet Tarn. We hung around for ten minutes in the hope that the sun would come out from behind the clouds and illuminate the whole of Blencathra, but no such luck! Typical, by the time we had returned to the church the sun had come out again, but we were now going to be walking in the shade along the footpath through St John's in the Vale.

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View over to the Helvellyn range from the footpath. A wide and easy track to follow that leads back to the start of the walk.

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The final section of path above the river.

The walk took us 5 hours and 20 minutes at our usual dawdling pace. That’s three walks in four days this week, and it is blue skies and sunshine again today as I write this looking directly out of my window at Blackcombe with snow on the top……so tempting, but I must resist and catch up with some chores…….but then again……..;-)

Jo.

 

 

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