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High Rigg with Jo and John
Date & start time: Sunday 2nd January 2011, 12.50 pm start.
Location of Start : St Johns in the Vale Church, Keswick, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 306 225 )
Places visited : High Rigg, Long Band, Wren Crag and back via the Low Bridgend Farm tearooms.
Walk details : 4.5 mls, 1200 ft of ascent, 3 hrs including afternoon tea.
Highest point : High Rigg summit 1,163ft - 357m
Walked with : Jo, John, myself (Ann) and the dogs, Jodie, Polly, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast but dry.
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With Roger in work today, Jo and I drive over to St Johns in the Vale and join with John on a circular walk across and around High Rigg.
Jo responding in a quizzical fashion to one of John's jokes !
We didn't have to wait long for the first one as we were just starting our ascent !
John thinking up another joke . . .
The summit of High Rigg with Jo, Jodie and a brown labrador called Ella.
Thirlmere and Steel Fell in the far distance.
John gives Ella's owners some useful information on the various fells surrounding the summit.
"And that one over there is. . "
Polly isn't interested, she's been up here so many times she knows them all.
Harry removes some ice from a frozen tarn to have a refreshing ice lolly.
Getting down to the business . . .
We are able to take a direct route across the boggy part as the ground is still frozen.
The marker posts denote the best way to cross
Raven Crag is the pointed fell above Thirlmere.
The path we've just walked along can be seen to the left of these crags.
The summit of High Rigg is the highest green point along the ridge.
Behind it is the pointed peak of Lonscale and Skiddaw summit.
We have descended off the ridge and walk along the St Johns-in-the-Vale valley path.
The farmer at Low Bridgend Farm has recently repaired this gateway, using the flat 'stoops' and wooden poles
found in many traditional Lake District gateways.
We can't possibly pass this way without stopping for hot chocolate and Sarah's fruit cake at Low Bridgend Farm . . . Mmmm
It was then a half hour walk along the path and back up to the car parked just beyond St Johns-in-the-Vale Church.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with Ann's Canon 75 digital camera.
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