22nd September 2010
We studied the weather forecast and decided that we had to get out fairly early because they said it would be raining by early afternoon. So, after breakfast, it was a quick drive up to the top end of Thirlmere and boots were put on at the little lay-by on the A591 near Bridge End Farm....
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Parking by the A591
At this point, High Rigg was one of two un-climbed "Central Fells" in my list. Ignored for many years due to the lack of height, it was time to take a closer look.
On the Up
Sunny intervals light up the fellside. Early mist has risen and later rain has not arrived.
What are these "berries" on the young oak?
Also shows Bridge End Farm.
Fornside and Bram Crag
Karen on the walk
St.John's in the Vale
Grisedale Pike is just showing its summit.
Me on top of High Rigg
Book Three in hand and only one more of these fells to do.
We decided not to go on to Low Rigg and Tewet Tarn as we were aware of the expected rain and we did not want to get our hair wet. So we descended to the youth centre and St.John's church, before taking the low level path back along St.John's in the Vale.
War Memorial at St,John's
Ruin and Tree
Low Bridge End Farm
We popped in here for a little refreshment - see RRR later. We then followed the path along the flank of High Rigg and back to the car.
Walkers: Karen and Me
Time taken: 3hr 30 mins over a distance of approx. 5miles, including brew time at the farm.
Route: Up over High Rigg from the south end and then back along the flank on the east side.
Weather and conditions: Sunny intervals for most of the time, cloudier towards the end. No rain.
Greetings Count: A few other walkers up early and seizing the day.
Richard's Refreshment Review: Tea and home-made scones at Low Bridge End Farm. Very good and friendly service is always welcome. This is a walker's cafe, don't take the car, most seating is outside, but there is a little "conservatory" with room for visitors on a wet day.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 © (unless otherwise stated)