Great Rigg

Great Rigg, viewed from Hart Crag

Height: 2513 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First round: 4th June 2011 (walk 36). Second round: 15th January 2016 (walk 105).

Bagged as number: First round: 115 out of 330. [ << Fairfield (114)  (116) Stone Arthur >> ]

Great Rigg in the snow

Great Rigg viewed on the ascent from Stone Arthur

Second round: 22 out of 330. [ << Stone Arthur (21)   (23) Heron Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent:   First visit: Approached on the ridge from Fairfield and left on the ridge down to Stone Arthur.

Second visit: Ascended from Stone Arthur instead, then came down via the ridge to Heron Pike.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Great Rigg has no topographical secrets or surprises. It is a plain, straightforward, uninteresting fell on the southern spur of Fairfield, with gentle declivities linking the summit to the continuing ridge on either side…. Few people will climb Great Rigg without also ascending Fairfield, for the former is a stepping stone t its bigger neighbour. Whilst providing this humble service, however, the fell manages to retain a certain dignity, appreciated best from the west shore of Grasmere: seen from there, the dark dome of its summit appears to overtop all else. ”

Great Rigg, from Helm Crag

Great Rigg, viewed from Helm Crag. Picture taken on walk 31.

What I say:  Actually I thought Great Rigg was quite attractive, a slender peak with good lines and easy walking.

On my first visit, I said that: “I doubt there’s much to explore on a second visit but it was worth going up (or over) once.” Now I’ve done a second visit, I guess what I said is still true — there isn’t a great deal to it, no “secrets or surprises” as Wainwright says. But my second visit was certainly memorable, thanks to Great Rigg becoming, unquestionably, the Wainwright I have reached in the deepest snow, with the summit rocks being ringed by snowdrifts up to two feet deep in places.

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One Response to “Great Rigg”

  1. […] hit); and it bagged me four Wainwrights on my second round, namely Stone Arthur (pictured here), Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab […]

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