Great Rigg is a fell in the English Lake District situated 7
kilometres north northwest of Ambleside and reaches a height of 766
metres (2,513 feet).
It is most often climbed as part of the
Fairfield horseshoe, a 16 km circular walk which starts and finishes in
The fell's name originates from the Old English
Language with “Rigg” meaning a bumpy or knobbly ridge.
is mostly without merit as just an undulation on one of Fairfield’s
With 31 metres of prominence, it just qualifies
as a Hewitt and is best seen from the south west near Grasmere where its
summit seems to dominate the valley.
The fell is rocky on its
eastern side as Stone Cove drops to Rydal Beck and the western flank is
mostly grassy as it falls away to Tongue Gill.
To the north and
south are ridges which continue to other fells, with Fairfield 1.5 km
away to the north while Heron Pike lies 2.5 km to the south.
There is a third less significant ridge which goes south west towards
Grasmere which has the “Wainwright” fell of Stone Arthur on its shoulder
Great Rigg is invariably climbed on the way
to the more significant fell of Fairfield which lies close by to the
north, however a direct ascent of sorts can be done from Grasmere up the
south west ridge taking in Stone Arthur on the way.
This walk can
be continued to Fairfield and Seat Sandal before returning to Grasmere
to complete a 10 km circular walk.
The summit is crowned by a
substantial cairn which is named on large scale maps as Greatrigg Man.
It gives good views of the Lakeland mountains to the west and a
distinctive feature of the outlook is the large number of lakes and
tarns that are in view, with ten sizeable bodies of water well seen.
routes near Great Rigg