Walk : High Rigg (1,163ft)

Date : 25th June 2016

Weather : Dry, variable cloud, cool @ 11 C

Route Details : From St. Johns in the Vale Church

Distance : @ 1.2 miles return trip

Time Taken : 25 mins to summit

 

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Overview

The first day of our week long stay at Four Seasons Cottage in the centre of Ambleside, and after the unpacking and grocery

shop for the week, we decided to seize the opportunity of a quick walk whilst the weather was dry. High Rigg is an excellent

small fell for the novice to try out and delivers some fantastic views out towards Keswick, the Northern Fells and Bassenthwaite

and certainly one I would recommend for someone looking to start fell walking for a pastime

 

A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

 

From the A591 going north bound, take the B5322 towards St. Johns in the Vale and turn left at a sign posted

for the Church and Diocesan Youth Centre. There is free parking for several cars

 

 

Passing St. Johns Church

 

 

Carry on down the path and through the five barred gate that leads on to the open fell side on the left

 

 

The path climbs gently past a bench and skirts the left hand side of the crags

 

 

Continue along the grass path towards an area of ferns

 

 

Looking north towards Skiddaw

 

 

Blencathra peak shrouded in low cloud

 

 

A path cut out in the area of ferns is clearly visible

 

 

The path through the ferns zig-zags its way towards the summit mound which is approached from the left

 

 

Cloud tumbling down the south face of Skiddaw

 

 

Looking over to Grizedale Pike and the fells around Derwent Water

 

 

Sue takes a breather to look out towards Basenthwaite Lake

 

 

In the opposite direction, Thirlmere

 

 

 

Blencathra

 

 

The Helvellyn range shrouded in mist

 

 

The summit of High Rigg

 

A 360 degree panoramic view from the summit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckNXN8hZI8U

 

 

 

Skiddaw

 

 

A close up on Blencathra, the central ridge is Halls Fell thats leads directly to the true summit

 

 

Taking in the views from the summit

 

 

Strange light over Bassenthwaite. We stayed on top for about half an hour admiring the views and watching the changing

mid evening light, unfortunately this gave way to some rain showers which was to be feature of our week ahead L

 

 

Back down at the car to be greeted by this rainbow

 

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