High Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
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8.9 km
Elevation
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337 m
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High Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle Walk

The High Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle Walk is a fantastic excursion that can be enjoyed by anyone looking for beautiful views and historical sites in the Lake District. The trail will initially take you across the open countryside to visit the ancient Castlerigg Stone Circle before turning south to summit the peak for breathtaking views. If your family doesn’t mind a bit of uphill walking, then this is the perfect route to get some great exercise and learn about local history.

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Route Description for High Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle Walk

The High Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle Walk is a popular Lake District route due to its variation in terrain, manageable overall distance, breathtaking views, and access to historical sites. The trail will initially take you north along the foot of the hill before traversing the open farmland terrain on the way to the Castlerigg Stone Circle. Here, you can investigate a site dating back thousands of years that is thought to have been used for astronomical observations and trade. From here, you will pass by Tewet Tarn and climb uphill, traversing Low Rigg on the way to the summit viewpoint at High Rigg for amazing views overlooking the Lake District. After taking in the views, head west to descend the hillside on the way back to the trailhead.

Getting to the High Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the High Rigg and Castlerigg Stone Circular Walk from Keswick, head east along Penrith Road for 4.3 km and turn left to continue on for 0.8 km. Make another left here, and you will find a small layby on the right in 126 m.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Dalebottom Farm Campsite, Burns Farm Caravan Site

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Lollipop

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