High Rigg and Blencathra

High Rigg, on left, with Blencathra behind – looking back from the south ridge

Height: 1171 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells).

Date climbed: 24th November 2012 (walk 69)

Bagged as number:  210 of 214.  [ << Sergeant’s Crag (209) (211) Raven Crag >> ]

High Rigg summit

High Rigg summit

Route of ascent and descent:  Ascended from the church of St John’s in the Vale. Left along the ridge to the south, descending to the main road at St John’s Beck then climbing Raven Crag.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “The valley running north from Dunmail Raise, and containing Thirlmere, is suddenly confronted by a steep, abrupt fell just at that final stage in its course when, with the highest hills left behind, it might reasonably be expected to go on more leisurely…. This isolated wedge is High Rigg (locally known as Naddle Fell); it is rough and craggy although of modest elevation only.”

High Rigg and Tewet Tarn from Lonscale Fell

View of High Rigg, with Tewet Tarn just in front – seen from Lonscale Fell (walk 70)

What I say: I quite liked High Rigg; for such a low fell it’s got great views, particularly of Blencathra and the Helvellyn range, and the ridge south is an interesting traverse with lots of ins and outs, ups and downs. Worth a couple of hours of anybody’s time – whether there’s more to see on a second visit, I don’t know – when I’ve made one, I’ll let you know.

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High Rigg and Skiddaw

High Rigg and the Skiddaw range, from White Side


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