High Rigg, Low Rigg and Tewet Tarn in Snow

Name of walk High Rigg, Low Rigg and Tewet Tarn in Snow
Date of walk 2010-01-07

Today we set off towards Keswick to climb High Rigg (1163ft). I had planned to take the path up from the south, but the lay-by just past the north road turn off to the other side of Thirlmere was a foot thick with snow. So we headed for the north of High Rigg and parked by the phone box just north of the road down to Dalebottom. The car thermometer said -9.5 C.

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We headed down the Dalebottom road which would lead us all the way to St. Johns in the Vale Church. View down the road to High Rigg. The road took a left at the base of the fell and followed it round.

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The route up is well sign posted. View out to Grisedale Pike.

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Heading for the church. Clough Head behind. High Rigg off right.

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St. John`s in the Vale Church.

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Heading up the fell. It was at this point that Brendan needed Microspikes! He could not get any purchase in the snow on the steep slope. So he headed back to examine the church and go over to Low Rigg and the route to Tewet Tarn. I continued on up.

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Blencathra!

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No human footprints went this way, it was virgin snow. I followed the tracks of a fox. Rabbit tracks can be seen on the right. Please excuse my shadow, but it is here to stay for all north east facing pix.

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Helvellyn range on the left. Thirlmere ahead. I`m heading for the wall on the right.

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The Dodds and the Helvellyn range, and the St. Johns in the Vale Valley below.

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The downside of virgin snow is that you can`t tell the depth. Sometimes it was up to my knees! In a dip, I looked right and spotted some tracks about 50m away and headed for them. Coming down into the dip was a couple from Kendal who had come on the bus. The only people I saw all day. They were wearing Microspikes too! We chatted for a bit. They were headed for Tewet Tarn so I asked them to look out for Brendan and tell him I was nipping to the far end to see the view.....not that you could nip anywhere in this snow!

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The couple heading in the opposite direction.

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I followed the wall up and down and up.

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Helvellyn off right, Great How ahead, Thirlmere in the middle, Raven Crag to the right.

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Oh bloody hell, now I gotta go all the way back up!

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More rabbit tracks.

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Close up of Grisedale Pike.

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Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell from the summit rock.

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I never tire of looking at Blencathra.

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The Dodds and Helvellyn range from the summit..

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I headed down back to the church. I could see Brendan on the route to Tewet Tarn and headed off to meet him. He did meet the couple from Kendal and got the message. I nipped up to the summit of Low Rigg and then headed for the tarn. The oval of Tewet Tarn can be seen on the left of the photo.

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The tarn is frozen. People were ice skating on it at the weekend.

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View to Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell. The poor sheep were having to dig for grass.

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Looking across the tarn to Causey Pike on the left, Grisedale Pike on the right.

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Clough Head.

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View back.

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My path up High Rigg can be made out. My path down was off to the right out of picture..

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Heading back down to Dalebottom.

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Past the cottages.

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Sunset is approaching. Brendan had ice in his moustache and the wet bottom of my trouser legs had frozen!

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Blencathra in the pink!

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Skiddaw too.

Another good blue sky day! And another excellent advertisement for Microspikes!
Jo.
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