High Rigg is a small fell located in the Lake District,
approximately three miles southeast of the town of Keswick. It occupies
an unusual position surrounded on all sides by higher fells but not
connected by any obvious ridge.
High Rigg is strictly the
continuation of the ridge running up the western shore of Thirlmere
whose high point is Raven Crag. This forms the watershed between the
Shoulthwaite and Thirlmere & Vale of St John systems.
depression between High Rigg and Raven Crag to the south, at only around
550 ft (170 m) is at Smaithwaite just south of the A591 Keswick to
High Rigg resembles a model of the Lakeland Fells
in miniature complete with crags, intermediate tops, tarns and even a
'pass' crossing the ridge halfway along, complete with church.
The northern and southern aspects of the fell are largely grassed and
gently rolling, in contrast to the western and eastern flanks which are
steep with numerous rocky outcroppings and cliffs.
south to north the main features are Wren Crag (1,020 ft), overlooking
the Vale of St John, Yew Crag (1,000 ft) facing west and then two tops
at 1,125 ft (343 m) and 1,171 ft (357 m) respectively.
then falls to the 'pass' and St John's church, before rising again to
Low Rigg (836 ft).
Finally comes Tewet Tarn as the ridge falls
away to the river Greta. Also known as Tewfit Tarn, this shallow pool
stands on a shelf overlooked by higher rocks.
The summit has a
cairn set on an outcrop and commands a fine view of the surrounding
The giants of Skiddaw and Blencathra dominate the view to
the north and Clough Head and the Helvellyn range the view east.
Thirlmere is visible to the south and Bleaberry Fell to the west, over
which the Scafell group can be seen on a clear day.
The hill may
be climbed in a short twenty-minute walk from the Church of St John's in
the Vale. It only involves about 120 m (400 ft) of climb and is one of
the shortest ascents in the Lakes.
Alternatively, a traverse of
the fell's three mile (5 km) long ridge may be made starting at Tewit
Tarn and finishing near Shoulthwaite.
routes near High Rigg