High Rigg

High Rigg

Central Lake District

Route: High Rigg

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd August 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.6 miles

Ascent: 1,100 feet

Weather: Cloudy with one or two bright patches

The weather forecast predicted a 90% chance of cloud free summits in the morning and based on those decent odds I’d planned to climb Blencathra. I made a very early start but sadly the top of the mountain was covered by thick clouds and there would have been no views. Gone are the days when I’d climb a fell in any weather in order to bag it, so I quickly came up with a plan B and parked at the foot of nearby High Rigg, one of my favourite lower level fells

I made my way up the southern end of the fell and then across the long knobbly summit ridge. There were good views of Blencathra ahead but it still had its head in the clouds – I’d made the right decision

As the end of the ridge I descended to the little church. Just beyond it there are two possible return routes, an elevated one along the eastern flanks of High Rigg and another along the valley floor. I took the latter, having taken the former last time here

It was a pleasant stroll back through St John’s in the Vale and thanks to the early start I finished the walk by 10.30am

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