Low Rigg

Low Rigg

Route: Low Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 30th November 2017

Walkers: Andrew 

Distance: 5.2 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Sunny then gradually clouding over, icy cold

I parked in one of the roadside spaces by Castlerigg Stone Circle and after spending a few minutes wandering around this atmospheric place returned to the lane, leaving it at Goosewell Farm to follow a path through the fields to Naddle Bridge. The views across the valley to Blencathra were tremendous and I was accompanied on this section of the walk by the plaintive cries of a family of buzzards circling overhead

After a short but quiet road section I headed across the field towards Low Rigg, passing by jewel-like Tewet Tarn along the way. There were some lovely views as I gained height. The path passed by the highest point of Low Rigg but I didn’t bother with the 5 minute detour to the top and carried on until I reached the tiny church of St John’s in the Vale

I turned right at the church to follow the lane, leaving it after a few minutes to walk across the fields to Low Nest and High Nest. The path would normally have been muddy and squelchy but thanks to the frozen ground I was able to keep my boots clean. After High Nest there followed a simple climb back up to the stone circle

During the course of this enjoyable walk I’d covered 5 miles of beautiful and unspoilt countryside and in all that time only passed two other walkers

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