Date & Time: Sunday 20th July 2008. 11.40 am start.

Location of Start : Fornside, St Johns in the Vale, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 321 206 )

Places visited : Low Bridgend, the valley route to St John's Church, High Rigg, Wren Crags, and back via the Low Bridgend Tearooms.

Walk details : 5 mls, 1170 ft of ascent, 4 hrs including the last stop.

Highest point : High Rigg summit 1,163ft ( 354m )

Walked with : Jo, John, Myself (Ann) and the dogs, Polly, Jodie, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Dry with sunny intervals with a cold northerly breeze

The welcome sign near the end of the walk


Roger was at work today, so I met John and Jo at John's Fornside cottage

in the valley of St John's in the Vale just beyond Keswick, for a our walk on High Rigg.

We leave Fornside for a circular walk of High Rigg Fell.

Later on in the afternoon we shall be walking along the skyline seen above.

Across the road, we make our way through to Low Bridgend Farm.

We stop to admire their hens and a rather fine turkey in the field opposite.

John and Jo plus Jodie walk along the path north, below High Rigg.

Open views towards Blencathra.

A rather large gate

has been used to plug the gap

to the right of the stile !


" Terracotta man " surveys the view across the fields to the dappled sunlit slopes of Blencathra.

The path rises gradually to the hause and St John's Church.

Higher up now, we have an even better view of Blencathra.

On the short but steep ascent to the summit of High Rigg.

The Youth Centre below is adjacent to the Church, which is hidden behind the trees.

Harry and Bethan with a background of a very welcome blue sky.

The three of us on the summit of High Rigg, taken by a kindly fellwalker.

Clough Head is the fell in the background.

The gentleman, his wife and dog, leave us at the summit.


They also vacated their sheltered lunch spot

which we took advantage of,

very necessary today

as a cold northerly wind was blowing across the summit.

Looking back at High Rigg with Skiddaw and Lonscale to the left.

I can never pass by cotton grass without stopping for a photo !

John climbs the wall via the stile. Bethan has other ideas !

No, this isn't a disaster shot . . . they didn't fall off . . . they were just playing !

Jo and Jodie.

Looking down on Fornside and John's cottage.

This was the skyline mentioned in the first photo of the day.

Blooming heather . . .
. . . and a rather hairy caterpillar.

Jo having cuddles from Jodie, Harry and Bethan.

Polly, Harry and Jodie enjoy cooling off . . . As John pointed out, normally in Summer this tarn is dry.

Today it was full of clear water and the green grass was visible under the surface. It just shows how much rain we have had recently.

Thoughtful Harry and alert Polly.

Pretty Polly.

Warmer now in the sunshine and out of the breeze.

We make our descent southward, down towards the river and the start of the path back to the farm.

We couldn't walk by without calling in !

John and Jo enjoying hot chocolate and cake in the tea gardens at Low Bridgend Farm.

Afterwards it was just a short walk back across the road to reach Fornside and the end of our walk.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a jug of Low Bridgend hot chocolate !

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