Long Rigg

Long Rigg

Long Rigg is a hill situated between Kirkby Stephen to the west and the northern slopes of Nine Standards Rigg to the east.

Height (m): 413
Height (ft): 1355
Prominence (m): 41
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16377
Grid Ref: NY803088
OS Map OL19
No. of Visits 1

The most prominent feature of Long Rigg is the limestone scar, over a mile in length, on the western rim of the hill. The only real break in its length is just south of the summit where Little Longrigg Scar comes to an end.

Little Longrigg Scar
Little Longrigg Scar

The highest point is marked by a small pile of stones. The summit area is also adorned in the late spring by large patches of yellow and purple mountain pansies. On my visit I also found cuckooflowers and a solitary early purple orchid growing on the slopes of Little Longrigg.

Mountain pansies on Long Rigg
Mountain pansies on Long Rigg

Another highlight of Long Rigg is the view. As with Birkett Hill to the south the view of the Eden valley from Long Rigg is almost as good, if not better than Nine Standards Rigg. Also in view are Wild Boar Fell, the Howgill Fells, Mickle Fell and Cross Fell. If visibility is good Blencathra and Skiddaw can also be seen in the northern fells of the Lake District.

Little Longrigg Scar
Little Longrigg Scar

There is no path as such to the top of Long Rigg although a thin trod crosses the crest of the scar. It can be accessed fairly easily though from a gate above the Fell Lane track to the north or from the end of Birkett Lane to the south. If approaching from the latter direction the only real obstacle is a barbed wire fence in the col with Birkett Hill.

Long Rigg as seen from Birkett Hill to the south
Long Rigg as seen from Birkett Hill to the south

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