High Rigg

Route: High Rigg

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 31st December 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.7 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Cloudy, several showers, very windy on the tops

High Rigg is a wonderful little fell which punches well above its height on account of its rough and craggy nature, and being surrounded by higher fells it offers dramatic views in all directions

We parked in the car park at Legburthwaite and walked to the verge of the A591. From here there’s a thankfully very short 50 yard walk beside the busy road before a stile is reached, which leads into the woodland below the fell. The climb starts immediately, initially through some attractive old pine trees, until the ridge is reached. There are good views of Blencathra ahead and Thirlmere looking back, and I reflected on the pending planning application to install 8 zip wires across Thirlmere. Hopefully it will be refused, and I will be able to enjoy further walks in this area in the years to come, without the unwelcome sight and sound of zip wires – in a National Park and World Heritage Site of all places

We continued our walk along the knobbly spine of the fell, with innumerable ups and downs until the summit was finally attained near the end of the ridge. We didn’t linger there as our arrival coincided with a heavy shower and without ado we descended to St John’s Church and followed the higher of the two paths along St John’s in the Vale. The alternative lower path along the floor of the valley is equally attractive and a case could be made for either route back. The higher route is the shorter of the two

The weather today wasn’t on our side today, being mostly cloudy and with several showers but the beauty of the surroundings overcame this deficiency and we were glad we’d chosen to return to this special place

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