High Rigg, Sue’s 214th!

Name of walk High Rigg, Sue's 214th!
Date of walk 2020-08-08

On Saturday Tom and I drove to Legburthwaite car park in St. John’s-in-the-Vale. We left early to make sure we allowed enough time for tourist traffic on a hot weekend. We made good time, it took us under an hour and a half to reach the car park, getting there 20 minutes early, at ten past ten. The Fryer family were already there. Today Sue Fryer would complete her round of all 214 Wainwright Mountains. Sue and Derek had accompanied me when I completed my 3rd time round, on Allen Crags, a couple of years ago.  I joined Sue’s daughter Lucy when she completed hers on Hallin Fell three years ago, on a very wet day, so at least today was much better weather! Now we just waited for everyone else to arrive, while enjoying the sunshine.

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The view from Tom's bedroom window to Blackcombe, Dow Crag and Coniston Old Man at about 5.30am. It looks like it is going to be a great day! Taken by Tom.

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Andy's route track. My GPS said it was 5.3 miles.

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The Pollocks had got caught up in heavy traffic near Ambleside, so we headed off at 11.15am. Derek would stay behind and come with them when they arrived.

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We exit the rear of the car park and head left down the cycle way back to the main road, take a right and go through the gate into woodland. Very soon there is a small path heading upwards to the left.

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The route goes through wood and bracken.

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View back with Great How on the right and the St. John's-in-the-Vale turn-off on the left.

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Tom heading through the bracken.

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The way ahead.

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View back to Thirlmere on the right.

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We reach the plateau and the wonderful views to Skiddaw and Blencathra. High Rigg continues on the left. The summit is at the far end. There are many undulating hills to reach it.

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Blencathra.

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Our first big down and up section. There are people on the path on the up section.

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A temporary pool.

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The view down St. John's-in-the-Vale to Blencathra. The slopes of Clough Head on the right.

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View back across the bracken towards Helvellyn.

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High Rigg Tarn.

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Another dip to the wall stile and then up beside the wall to the right.

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Just to the right of centre is High Rigg summit.

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Just a few gentle undulations before the summit. We can make out Lucy and Alison who had left a few minutes before us carrying supplies.

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View over to Causey Pike, Grisedale Pike, Whinlatter Fell, Lord's Seat, Barf, Bassenthwaite Lake and Dodd.

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High Rigg summit. It took us an hour and twenty minutes to walk the undulating 2 miles.

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Lucy and Alison had put out the banner to await Sue's arrival.

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View back from the summit with others following on behind us.

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With Lucy and Alison are Gareth and Karen who had come up from St. John's Church.

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Excellent views all around.

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Tewet Tarn in between Lonscale Fell and Blease Fell on Blencathra. Great Calva in the middle.

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A view I never tire of. Great Calva, Blease Fell, Gategill Fell, Doddick Fell, Hall's Fell, Scales Fell, Souther Fell.

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Dodd, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Great Calva.

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Cake! With photos of a few of Sue's previous Wainwrights. Lucy had also made some chocolate brownies which were excellent!

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Sue arrives to clapping and congratulations. While we wait for everyone to arrive Sue tries on her '214 Wainwright Achievers Kit'

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Wainwright's grumpy demeanour is optional, but Sue gives it a go!

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Lucy's card showing High Rigg, Sue's final fell. Sue's first Wainwright was Black Fell in 1977, so it has only taken her 43 years!

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Nearly all here now. We socially distance in family groups.

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Sue and Lucy go and meet the final few walkers.

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The Pollocks have arrived! Andy hadn't had much luck today. First with the traffic then, horrors of horrors, the soles came off BOTH his boots at the same time!

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Luckily Derek came to the rescue with brightly coloured tape! Jo Pollock's photo.

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Sue opens the Prosecco.

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We all capture the moment.

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Cheers Sue! Well done!

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Even 18 month old Annie had made it to the summit with mum, Sally, carried by Dad, Chris, in a back carrier.

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We all drink to Sue's achievement.

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Her new T-shirt says 'The Lake District, my happy place.' Sue obliges with the Wainwright props once more.

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Andy lugged his tripod all the way so he could take a group photo on timer. 22 people and a dog!

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Sue's photo of me and Tom.

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Jo Pollock's photo of Jason, Andy, Tom and me. Bleaberry Fell behind Tom's head. Tom and me seemed to have shrunk!

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Sue's photo of Jason, Andy, Jo, me and Tom.

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Andy's panorama.

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Andy with his taped-up, 35 year old walking boots! He also managed to spill his Prosecco, so the poor love is not having a good day, but despite that, remains remarkably cheerful! (Jo's photo.)

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Derek does some more repairs to cope with the return leg.

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Tom and me. We were last here on the summit 12 years ago in August 2008. (Jo Pollock).

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A final look at the summit view before we head north down to the Carlisle Diocese Youth Centre.

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Heading down.

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The route ahead.

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Tom leads the way.

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We can see the Youth Centre below.

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The back of the Youth Centre.

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It has a bell, trust Andy to spot that!

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St. John's Church.

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Just beyond the church grounds is a gate on the right. This path will take us all the way back. Looking over St. John's Beck.

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View back.

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Jo Pollock's sheep photo. Her mobile takes really good, well lit pix!

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The sheep have black bellies and black eye stripes and are called Badger Face, an ancient Welsh breed.

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Cows and Clough Head.

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Walking into the cool of the woods.

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A brown Belted Galloway.

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Low Bridge End Farm.

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Cat in the undergrowth, snoozing.

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The Tea Room at the farm is temporarily shut because of Covid.

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A cute lamb.

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St. John's Beck.

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We head steeply up beside the beck.

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Eventually we reach the path where we turned off. Tom sees a slow worm and then a lizard.

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Back on the cycle way that leads back to the car park.

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View across the field to Castle Rock of Triermain (left).

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Climbers on the rock.

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A congratulations map for Sue from Gareth and Karen.

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Back in the car park.

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Andy's 35 year old boots!

An excellent day! We spent nearly two hours on the summit, and including that time, the 5.3 mile walk took four hours and fifty five minutes. Thanks to Sue and the Fryers for inviting us! Thanks to Tom, Sue, Jo and Andy for the use of some of their photos.

Jo.

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