High Rigg

High Rigg

Route: High Rigg

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 5th December 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 5.8 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, some snow on the ground

This is a walk we’ve followed many times and is one of our favourites. We parked as usual in one of the roadside spaces on the A591 near Legburthwaite and after crossing the nearby ladder stile made our way up Wren Crag towards the ridge. The flanks of the crag are adorned by some fine old pine trees but it’s shame that a number of these – perhaps 20 or 30 – fell victim to gales three years ago. The so-called ‘Beast from the East’, which was followed by a couple of other gales from the same direction, was the obvious culprit, since the trees are all lying on an east/west axis. This wind direction is highly unusual for the Lake District, and so the root systems of the trees had not grown to cope with it

When we reached the knobbly summit ridge we followed the undulating path up and down and after about 1.5 miles arrived at the summit of High Rigg. There are lovely views from here, particularly those looking towards Blencathra

We then descended in the same direction as the ridge to reach the hause between High Rigg and Low Rigg. From here we followed a narrow lane for a few yards, passing by tiny St John’s Church, before joining a path which hugs the lower flanks of High Rigg, and from which there are good views across St John’s in the Vale 

Near the end of the vale we passed by Low Bridge End Farm (where tea and cakes are available in season) and continued along the valley path, which rises above St John’s Beck and then descends back to the start

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