11th March 2006

Latrigg, the Keswick railway path and the site of a bobbin mill.


Walk Overview
Time 10.10 to 13.30
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 1375 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale Suspension Bridge - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Portinscale Suspension Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking near Portinscale suspension bridge

This is somewhere I tend to start walking from qutie a lot. It's nice and handy for Keswick, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Latrigg and even the Castlerigg Stone Circle area.

The parking is free and no matter at what time of year or time of day I've always managed to get a space here.

From here you're only about 10 minutes walk from Keswick with everything the town has to offer, and in the opposite direction you're less than 5 minutes walk from Portinscale.


Route Map

The A66 seen from the bridge between Briar Rigg and Latrigg.

Looking up the footpath which traverses the fellside below Latrigg.

"I wonder what he's looking at" " I don't know, but he needn't think he's getting any of our hay"

Keswick and Derwent Water looking rather drab and dreary from Latrigg summit.

Just past Latrigg summit.

The way ahead took me down to the trees, where I then followed the path off to the right.

Evidence of tree felling in the woods that were in the previous picture.

And again.

This looks like a popular place for Moles !

One of the bridges over the River Greta which are found along the Keswick Railway Path.

This old railway buildings complete with bricked up windows and fireplace, is found at the point at which I joined the railway path. This one has been converted into a little information centre with details about the area.

Looking back along the railway path from the tunnel next to the site of the Low Briery Bobbin Mill.
At its peak Low Briery was producing somewhere in the region of 40 million bobbins every year. Which, if added to the output of the other water powered bobbin mills in the Lake District, was approximately half of the world textile industry's demand for bobbins. The bobbins produced at Low Briery were used for a variety of purposes, including silk, cotton, Irish linen and the wire that was used in old pound notes.
Low Briery closed in 1961 due to the decline of the British textile industry and inevitable fall in demand for bobbins.


Latrigg, taken from the path between Keswick and Portinscale.

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Lake District Walks