High Rigg

High Rigg

Route: High Rigg

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd December 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 5.8 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, very cold

This is a walk we’ve followed often (today would make it the seventeenth occasion) and is one of our favourites. We parked in the car park at Legburthwaite, although there is alternative parking for about 15 cars on the wide verge of the A591. After crossing the ladder stile beside the road we 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 a shame that a number of these – perhaps 20 or 30 – fell victim to gales four 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 above Wren Cra 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. Another named storm, Storm Arwen, had blown over a couple of large trees which obstructed the path, and we had to clamber up a steep bank to get round them. We continued along the elevated valley path 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 path, which rises steeply above St John’s Beck. The path rounded the foot of the fell and brought us back to the  A591 to end a walk which never fails to please

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