High Rigg - Route One


Start - Smaithwaite Bridge NY 316 194 Distance - 2 miles Ascent - 920 feet Time - 1 hour : 10 minutes



A gate and ladder stile at the northern end of the road bridge over St John's Beck provides access to the fellside. There is roadside parking south of the bridge near the Legburthwaite-Thirlmere west side crossroads
Looking back down the valley from the lower slopes
From the same position across the pasture fields of Smaithwaite to Raven Crag
The path leads on towards Wren Crag through mature oak and scots pine trees
The path through the trees on the short ascent of Wren Crag
The last of the pines as the top of Wren Crag comes into view
The top of Wren Crag is a wonderful viewpoint and a place to linger.  Castle Rock is viewed across St. John's in the Vale with the summits of Raise,White Side and Helvellyn Lower Man on the skyline
Raven Crag above the foot of Thirlmere
Looking north west along the ridge to Skiddaw
Blencathra from the narrow col between Wren Crag and Long Band
The path continues on along the narrower top of Long Band
The view from Long Band along St. John's in the Vale to Blencathra
The path over Long Band
The path veers left to cross a fence stile then follows the fence to regain the ridge line.  At the next col it joins the more popular path on the left which takes a slightly longer route
Looking back after crossing the stile to Long Band and the top of Wren Crag
The advantage of using the path alongside the fence is that you pass this small tarn which makes a nice foreground for the view to Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell
Beyond the tarn the path drops down to a wall stile where it rejoins the regular path
Looking left after crossing the stile to High Seat and Bleaberry Fell
Looking back from above the stile the two paths can be seen converging.  The path on the left descends from the tarn
After a steep climb by the wall the path again drops and meets Paper Moss.  The path crosses this boggy area on the left by stepping stones over its sluggish outflow to make the final climb to the summit, from here seen at the end of the wall
Looking across Paper Moss to High Seat with the wooded Benn Man and Raven Crag in the middle distance
Looking back along the ridge from the path above Paper Moss
Approaching the summit of High Rigg
The rocky knoll which is the highest point.  AW's summit sketch shows a small cairn balanced on its right end, not surprisingly it has disappeared and a much larger cairn has been built a few yards to the east on flatter ground   High Rigg - page 3
The new cairn backed by Blencathra. The view from the summit is out of all proportion to the slight effort required to reach it
Looking south to Thirlmere with sunlit Fisher Crag above it, Raven Crag to the right and Ullscarf on the horizon above it
High Seat and Bleaberry Fell with Goat Crag between them and the sharp prow of Dodd Crag on the right
The North Western Fells, Wandope, Eel Crag, Hopegill Head and Grisedale Pike are the highest peaks on the horizon
Whinlatter fell and Lord's Seat above the Thornthwaite Forest with Sale Fell on the right over Bassenthwaite Lake
Latrigg backed by Dodd, its summit now de-forested.  Carl Side and the steep slope leading up to Skiddaw on the right
The Skiddaw group
Clough Head across St.John's in the Vale
The deep chasm of Sandbed Gill, Great Dodd on the skyline above the rock tor of Calfhow Pike
The Helvellyn Dodds

Looking back to the route along the ridge with White Side and Helvellyn on the left skyline


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