High Rigg and St. John’s in the Vale

Name of walk High Rigg and St. John's in the Vale
Date of walk 2013-03-21
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 5 hours 10 minutes
Weather Cold and windy
Peaks on walk High Rigg

This morning Ged, Kas and I drove to Bridge End, to walk over High Rigg (1163ft) to St. John’s in the Vale Church, then over Low Rigg to Tewet Tarn and Castlerigg Stone Circle, then back via the footpath beneath High Rigg.  A walk of nine miles.


The forecast was for 30-40mph winds rising to gale force, hence the lowish fell walk. From our parking spot we could look up to The Dodds and see the spindrift coming off the mountain. The wind was very cold even at ground level, I needed to wear my gloves.....


At least we had blue skies!


Looking towards Helvellyn. It was very tempting to be up high in the snow today, but it just wasn't worth the risk. The temperature on Helvellyn summit at midday, with wind chill, was -18C.


Thirlmere and Raven Crag on the right, Great How ahead.


View down St. John's in the Vale towards Blencathra. High Rigg had snow on it on Sunday, but not much is left now.


Clough Head across the Vale.


A frozen High Rigg Tarn.


Kas and me.


High Rigg is up and down all the way. We head up right, by the wall




Grisedale Pike, where we were a couple of weeks ago


Summit view to Blencathra and Threlkeld.


Looking back along the ridge of High Rigg to Thirlmere


Close up of Tewet Tarn. Great Calva directly behind.


We head down towards the church.


Still too early for daffodils, but plenty of snowdrops in the church yard. The church was built in 1845


Stained glass by the usual suspects.....Shrigley and Hunt



Kas is not a church goer, but very much a sun worshipper!


We head for Tewet Tarn. Looking back to High Rigg and the church


Tewet Tarn Panorama. The surface shows just how windy it was! To think that this time last year we were walking some fells from Longsleddale in shorts and T-shirts!



Castlerigg Stone Circle with Clough Head behind


Blencathra behind..



Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell behind.


Looking towards the north western fells of Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike etc


We have lunch beside Naddle Bridge. Out of the wind! The stone was radiating out the sun's heat which kept us warm.


We walk back to the church and take the footpath that leads via Low Bridge End Farm back to the car, a very easy and picturesque route back


Low Bridge End Farm has an outdoor cafe. In summer you will be served, at this time of the year you help yourself!


We head up above St. John's Beck. Not far now until we reach the car!

The walk took us five hours and ten minutes.
A very easy walk!

Apologies for any text errors, but I need to send this off quickly before 9pm, as I plan to catch the 2nd episode of Ed Stafford`s latest TV series on the Discovery Channel.
Ed is a former British Army captain who was the first man to walk the length of the Amazon, completing the journey after 860 days in 2011.
He made an excellent documentary series of the journey (to accompany his book) for Channel 5.

In this new series his challenge is to survive 60 days alone on a desert island near Fiji with absolutely nothing….(except for video cameras, a satellite phone and a basic First Aid kit.)
This series has an unnecessarily long-winded title: ‘Naked and Marooned with Ed Stafford’………………. Hell, he had me at “Naked….”

No knife/tools, food or water, no shelter, no clothes, no sun cream and only ten minutes to sunburn time…..a brave man!

So, I’m off to put my feet up to enjoy yet another educational nature programme!

Ladies, it is repeated at 11pm and 3am and at other times during the week!