High Rigg, Naddle Fell, and Wren Crag

Sometimes the smaller hills can produce a remarkably satisfying walk way above expectations of their modest heights. Here is one such walk. High Rigg is dwarfed by the nearby Helvellyn range, and yet the views from its summit are stunning. One's eye is drawn, inevitably, north to an uninterrupted view of Blencathra and Skiddaw to the north west. Further west peeks Bassenthwaite Lake, and then to the western fells. South lies Thirlmere reservoir.

High Rigg lies between the Naddle Beck and St John's Beck splitting the head of the Thirlmere valley which was completely flooded in the 1890's to provide water to the growing city of Manchester. The original Leathes and Wythburn Waters obliterated forever, along with a hamlet at its northern end complete with public house. St John's follows the Coniston Fault line to Thelkeld, and the Naddle to Bassenthwaite.

The slopes of High Rigg are largely of grass and bracken with a little heather in places. The undulating top is prone to boggy patches.

Nearing the end of the walk you pass the tea-room of Low Bridge End Farm.

Parking is available at the United Utilities car park park at Legburthwaite.