Lake District walks - Rigghead Quarries

Two pictures of the Derwent where it opens out into a great paddling area: you can see from the dates that we had quite a drought in July - I've not seen it that low in years. The left hand picture is quite normal. This is also where the path diverges: go left for the "low road" along the river to Rosthwaite, and right for the Allerdale Ramble, the "high road" towards Seatoller.

This is one of a number of quarries near the Derwent, cut out of Low Scawdel below Maiden Moor


It's a pity the visibility was not great when (first picture below) we were going up Tongue Gill towards the Quarries, but you can still see bits of Borrowdale. On a better day (the other pictures), you can see the Helvellyn ridge as you climb out of the valley.





The Quarries. You might have thought the workings would have been on the surface, but not here - although plenty of spoil has been left behind. As you can see, Rigghead Quarries were really mines.

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