High Rigg - Lake District Walk

Monday 14th September 2009

We woke to find the cloud was down on Great Dodd and spent the morning in the tent watching it slowly lift from the higher peaks. As we had plans for the evening a shorter, lower level walk was called for and High Rigg met all of our requirements. It was a popular destination as I think we saw more people on this one fell than we did on any of the other fells we walked during this trip to the Lakes. Please note: Bill Birkett names a different location as the summit of High Rigg to the one Wainwright gives. Birkett calls Wainright's High Rigg summit Naddle Fell. As I'm doing the Birketts I have referred to the different summits by the names assigned to them by Bill Birkett.

Start: Legburthwaite (NY 3180 1954)

Route: Legburthwaite - Wren Crag (289) - High Rigg (290) - Naddle Fell (291) - Church of St John's in the Vale - Legburthwaite

Distance: 5.25 miles     Ascent: 378 metres      Time Taken: 3 hours 25 mins

Terrain: Easy going with good paths.

Weather: Warm but overcast.

Pub Visited: White Horse Inn, Scales    Ale Drunk: Everards Equinox

Route Map >>


Castle Rock

Castle Rock as we start the climb to Wren Crag.


As we approach the summit of Wren Crag, Watson Dodd and the Helvellyn massif come into view.

Great How

Great How dominates the view down the valley towards Ullscarf.

Raven Crag

Raven Crag is also hard to miss.

High Rigg

High Rigg, from Wren Crag's summit.

St John's in the Vale

St John's in the Vale.


A closer look at Blencathra, which is now clear of the mornings cloud.

Wren Crag

Looking back at Wren Crag's summit.

Long Band

Long Band in the foreground, with the two High Rigg summits also in view.

An un-named tarn on High Rigg.

Moss Crag

Moss Crag with Birkett's High Rigg summit behind.


Looking along Thirlmere from High Rigg's summit.

Lord's Seat

In the opposite direction Bassenthwaite is just about visible.

High Seat

High Seat and Bleaberry Fell are part of our lunch time view.


Along with Dodd, Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell.

Naddle Fell

Looking across Paper Moss to Naddle Fell, from High Rigg.

Naddle Fell's summit

Naddle Fell's (or High Rigg's) summit cairn.

High Rigg

Looking back to High Rigg's summit from Naddle Fell.

Naddle Fell's summit

Naddle Fell, a much more impressive summit from this angle.

Clough Head

Threlkeld Knotts and Clough Head as we start the descent.

Church of St John's in the Vale

The Church of St John's in the Vale.


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