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Wanthwaite, Tewet Tarn, St Johns in the Vale Church, High Rigg, Cumbria.
[12.7 km] Tue 08 Jun 2021

OS Grid ref: NY 31584 23207
Lat/Long: 54.599279, -3.059119

 Tewet Tarn
Overcast for my drive north on the M6. The Google Map image showed standing traffic from just south of Penrith & when I got there the sign said 'vehicle fireí but I wasn't held up for long. I headed west towards Keswick then south along the B5322 to Wanthwaite and. St John's on the Vale road to park at the road junction near Wanthwaite. There was already a mini parked when I arrived but I fitted in the small parking area without a problem.  I'm doing part of a walk I did with Eric & Jimi on 22 Dec 2004 & have transferred the track to my GPS. I set off along down the lane towards St Johns Church and just over the bridge was a much larger parking area I could have used. A van was parked with windows covered so looks like someone was sleeping inside.
I stayed with the road towards Naddle Bridge but before getting there left the road to head through a gate and a green path heading across fields towards St John's Church. I soon reached Tewet Tarn and passed it to continue towards the church. Behind the church are the High Rigg fells which are undulating but not very high at 357m. Before I saw the church the Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre was more prominent. I reached St Johns Church and was pleased to see that it was open.
Carlisle Diocesan Youth Centre.

St John's in the Vale.

St John's in the Vale interior.

High Rigg summit.

Jimi, Eric & me 21 Dec 2004.
After a look inside I continued up the fell following a path behind the empty and closed Youth Centre. The weather continued overcast and dull but the cloud level was high enough for me to see most of the surrounding fells. The tops of Blencathra were in cloud. I reached the main summit cairn at 357m and stopped to take a photo from the same spot on 22 Dev 2004 with Jimi, Eric and me on a rainy day. I continued the undulating path south to Wren Crag where the steep descent started down towards the road.

Before the road I turned left to follow the low level path along the east side of the fells. I was mostly down at St Johnís Beck river level. At Low Bridge End Farm it was interesting to see they had a tea garden and checking my old photos they had it in Dec 2004.

South end High Rigg looking south.

Low Bridge End Farm cafe today.

Low Bridge End Farm cafe 21 Dec 2004.
I was on top of an artificial

 Yew Tree Farm.
When I reached the road below the Church I turned right to descend to Yew Tree Farm where some sheep were being moved from the yard to the field. I stopped for a while to chat to the woman who said they were retiring soon and the farm had been sold but they hadnít got anywhere to go yet. I continued down the narrow lane, over the bridge and back up to my car.

Descending from Yew Tree Farm.
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