High Rigg

High Rigg

Central Lake District

Route: High Rigg

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 30th December 2016

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.7 miles

Weather: Cloudy, mostly dull and some light rain

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 then follows a long walk along the knobbly spine of the fell, with innumerable ups and downs until the summit is finally attained

We didn’t linger at the summit as the views weren’t seen at their best today 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 weather today wasn’t on our side, being mostly dull and lacking in atmosphere 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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