26th December 2006

Boxing Day on Latrigg


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 13.30
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 1263 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Brigham - Keswick Railway Path - Brundholme - Latrigg - Briar Rigg - Keswick
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

Walking along the path between Portinscale and Keswick. The debris on the fence show just how much water was in these fields during the floods earlier this month.

Outside Keswick mining Museum.

Keswick railway path looking surprisingly quiet this morning.

The railway path passes under the bridge on the A66. Apparently the bridge won an award in 1999 for being the best concrete structure of the century (or something like that). I dread to think what the runners up look like if this was the winner.

And a little further along the path, near the site of the Low Briary 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.

Derwentfolds seen from the start of the walk along the ridge to Latrigg.

Hoarfrost on the fence near the summit.

The drop in temperature was quite evident along this section of the walk. Everything, except the ground that is, was weighted down with a thick coating of ice.




Past the summit now and looking down to the path below Mallen Dodd.

The river Greta in Keswick.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks