High Rigg

  • A rugged little hill of great character
  • Great views of the Lakeland giants
  • Easy walking for all ages and fitness

High Rigg is a rugged little fell which I have visited on many occasions, particularly as a youngster when some family friends owned one of the cottages on its slopes. It doesn’t really matter where it is climbed from, although the route from the Church of St John’s in the Vale is my favourite,  as it is always a short steep pull to one of the many rocky knolls on the broad ridge. There are not many fells with such excellent views of  3 of the Lake District giants, Helvellyn, Skiddaw and a particularly fine one of Blencathra.  it is an easy climb for pretty much anyone of any age although for some reason I never seem to see anyone up there. They should be.

Recommend: Walk the full ridge if possible and not just the quick climb from the church

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes, North East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 318196. Park in the United Utilities car park 100 yards north of Legburthwaite and then turn west on the lane to cross the A591.
Height to Climb: 224 ms (735 feet)
Terrain: Initial part of the walks is on lanes and farm tracks then after the church the walk is on grassy paths of which there are many choices on high!
Eating & Drinking: This is a picnic walk with no cafes or pubs enroute. However Thirspot is only a mile from Legburthwaute and Keswick not a lot further.
Similar Walks Nearby: St John’s in the Vale
The Shores of Thirlmere
Barrow from Braithwaite
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