14th July 2007

It wasn't too wet after all - Latrigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle


Walk Overview
Time 11.15 to 14.00
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1411 ft
Walking with On my own
Stormwater Bridge - Briar Rigg - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - (under) A66 - Goosewell Farm - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Keswick - Stormwater 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

I nearly didn't bother walking today. The forecast was for an unsettled day and it had bucketed down most of the way from home. Do I really want to walk in heavy rain today; well not really. I sat in the car and it was a case of should I or shouldn't I, I got out of the car opened the boot, closed the boot and got back into the car. In the end I decided to set off and if it rained before I got past Keswick then I'd go back home.
In the end I did the whole walk without a drop of rain at all and it even managed to brighten up a little towards the end. I was beginning to wish I'd done a longer walk instead of having one of my "can't decide on anything else" days.

A close up of Cat Bells.

Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Outerside and Barrow.

A little sunshine moves across the bottom of Grisedale Pike and Braithwaite.

Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

Part of the track currently being upgraded to allow wheelchair access to between Gale Road car park and Latrigg.

Keswick and Derwent Water seen from Latrigg.

And the view around towards the Eastern fells (under cloud). The brighter fell across the middle of the picture is High Rigg.

Heading across Latrigg's short ridge.


One of the old railway buildings found along the railway track.

I only walked along the railway track for about a minute or so on today's route. After joining the track from the Brundholme direction I turned left, crossed this bridge and the followed the short path to the A66 (signed).

A lick of paint wouldn't go amiss and sooner rather than later by the look of this. If the bridge is left untreated, no doubt it will rust to an extent where it becomes unsafe to use. Then when they realize it needs replaced and the cost turns out to be, well, god knows what, I'm sure cost of painting the bridge won't look too bad after all.

I'm not sure if the sign was new or if it's always been there and I've been walking past with my eyes closed, but halfway up to the A66 I noticed a "permissive path avoiding A66" sign pointing off to the right. The path lead to this rather smelly tunnel under the road; a better choice than dodging the cars and lorries on the main road.

Cloud still clipping the tops, but lower down things were looking a bit brighter.

Castlerigg Stone Circle.

And with Blencathra looking less cloudy and even brighter.

Clough Head and Great Dodd seen from the stile in the corner of the Castlerigg Stone Circle field.

No confusion about where you are here.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks