High Rigg

High Rigg

Central Lake District

Route: High Rigg and St John’s in the Vale

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 23rd July 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.6 miles

Ascent: 1,200 feet

Weather: Cloudy with some sunny intervals later on

High Rigg (known locally as Naddle Fell) is a beautiful little fell, one of its attractions being the long undulating ridge walk to its summit (if heading north, as I’d recommend), and the other being the return route along quiet St John’s in the Vale

I parked in one of the roadside spaces at the side of the A591 and crossed the ladder stile which leads onto the fellside. The ascent starts immediately but it’s easy going all the way, and the summit ridge is soon gained. The summit itself however is still a couple of miles away and there are countless small ups and downs before the top of the fell is reached

The weather was indifferent up to this point, but as I descended from the summit towards St John’s in the Vale Church there were signs of improvement. I walked past the small church and along a quiet lane for a short distance before taking the path towards Bridge House, set in a wonderful location

There are two paths along St John’s in the Vale – one of these hugs the flanks of High Rigg and the other follows the valley bottom alongside St John’s Beck. I opted for the latter today and wondered if I’d made the wrong choice as I had to cross three fields full of cows with calves and in one case a bull. Luckily the natives were friendly and I arrived at the other end of the valley without incident

After passing by Low Bridge End Farm (a good place for tea and cakes by the way), I rounded Wren Crag to return to the start of what had been a great walk

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