High Rigg & Legburthwaite
Lake District Walk
Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Central Fells
Wainwrights - High Rigg
County/Area - Cumbria
Author - John Paterson
Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km Ascent - 700 feet / 212 metres
Time - 3 hours 30 minutes Grade - easy
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Walk Route Description
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Walking the "Wainwrights" has one great advantage - it encourages you to explore the lesser heights of the Lake District with equal enthusiasm to the days spent in the high mountains. High Rigg is one such fell. Surrounded by much loftier peaks, including Helvellyn and Blencathra, it provides a taste of the higher fells without the effort required needed to gain the summit cairn of one of the giants. Ideal for a day shortened by bad weather, this Lake District walk starts within a few yards of a major road and soon gets you away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
There is an adequate car park just off the A591 (Grid ref. NY318196). From here return to the main road and walk north over the river bridge, immediately turning right on a footpath that climbs the southern flanks of High Rigg. Take the left hand path where it splits and climb quickly to the top of Wren Crag. Most of the ascent is now over and it is a matter of following the path along the ridge. For most of the way it keeps to the western side and is easy to follow with the summit cairn visible ahead. For a low fell the views are surprisingly good. The panorama includes Thirlmere, Helvellyn, the eastern flanks of the Dodds, Clough Head, Blencathra, Skiddaw and the Central Fells.
A perfect place to rest, the summit cairn provides a grandstand view of Blencathra giving you the chance to review some of the routes to the summit. Suitably rested, continue steeply down to St John's Vale Church (worth a look inside) before taking the bridle-way which follows the wall along the eastern side of the fell. Eventually this leads you back to where the path forked at the start of the walk.
Other walks nearby
|Raven Crag, the Benn & Shoulthwaite Gill near Thirlmere
|Great How, a short ascent above Thirlmere
|Helvellyn & Raise from Swirls
|Helvellyn & Wythburn from Swirls
|High Tove & Blea Tarn
|Castlerigg Stone Circle & St John's in the Vale
|Walla Crag from Great Wood
|Ashness Bridge & Grange Fell
|Standing Crag & Dock Tarn from Watendlath
|Standing Crag, Ullscarf & Borrowdale
Recommended Books & eBooks
Lake District: High Level and Fell Walks
This guidebook describes 30 graded fell walks on the ridges and high peaks of the English Lake District, the UK's most popular national park. Reaching some of England's finest and highest mountain scenery, this guide leads readers to classic horseshoes and traditional ascents as well as lesser-known routes to quieter summits.
Walking the Lake District Fells - Wasdale
Part of the Walking the Lake District Fells series, this guidebook covers a wide range of routes to 25 Lakeland summits that can be climbed from the Wasdale, Eskdale and Ennerdale valleys, with highlights including Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Pillar. Suggestions for longer ridge routes are also included.