8th June 2011

A showery evening on Latrigg


Walk Overview
Time 16.05 to 19.05
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Briar Rigg - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Briar Rigg
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Spooney Green Lane, Keswick

I'm sure the people in the houses on the opposite side of the road get fed up with so many people parking here, but the fact is that we all have a car and we all need to park it somewhere.

The obvious fell to walk to from here is Latrigg, but the more adventurous could easily carry on and head onto the Skiddaw fells.


Route Map

Walking on the bridge over the A66.
It wasn't the nicest of 'summer' evenings, but rather than sit in the house, we still decided to have a walk out. And with nothing at all planned, we ended up in Keswick and had another walk over Latrigg and along the old railway track.

This is a stroke of luck I thought.
I took a photo, walked a little closer, took another photo, yet again I stepped closer. By this point I couldn't believe how tame it was. Then I noticed it wasn't moving AT ALL. I assume it's here as some sort of enticement to the greys which are trapped in the cage and then shot, , , or perhaps the people in the house enjoy watching gullible people taking photos; I could be totally wrong on both counts.
The only certainty is that I was well and truly fooled this evening by a stuffed red squirrel.

It wasn't exactly chucking it down, but the rain was heavy enough to warrant a jacket. Not what you'd expect to be needing in June.

Looking across to Skiddaw from the path across to Latrigg summit.

yan, tan, tethera, methera, pimp, sethera

A somewhat gloomy view down to Keswick from Latrigg summit.

Heading across the top of the fell and looking towards Blease Fell / Blencathra, Great Mell Fell and in the far distance are the Pennines.

"You needn't try to hide, we can still see you"

Clough Head, the Dodds and across to Helvellyn.

Down the road, through the gate, across the field and turn right onto the old railway path; eventually you'll end up in Keswick.




Walking along the boardwalk which takes a de-tour round the side of this steep section of higher ground. Obviously the old railway line used to go straight through the hill so there must have been some reason for blocking off the tunnel and constructing this route instead.

Now for the familiar view under the A66 road bridge to the north western fells.

On the platform of what used to be Keswick railway station.

"So let me get this right. You all take turns at throwing a ball, and the first person to hit the guy in the white jacket wins the game"
"Yep, that's about it"
"OK I understand that, but who's the bloke in the black jacket"
"He's just the first aider"
"Why do you need one of them"
"For God sake don't you know anything, , , Health and Safety clearly states if there is the potential to cause harm to anyone taking part in any sporting activity on this bowling green there must be a first aider on standby at all times. And before you ask, we have done the required risk assessment and it turns out we need a first aider after all"
"Ah, right, but what happens if you hit him with a ball"
"Are you trying to be funny or what. Obviously, if we hit him, we have to stop the game because none of us are qualified to administer first aid. If you really want to know, the council cutbacks mean we could only afford to send one person on the first aid training course, and Health and Safety clearly states that no person taking part in any sporting activity on this bowling green shall administer first aid unless they are fully qualified to do so, , , , . Listen pal, it's not my fault the world has gone mad, all I'm trying to do is enjoy myself without breaking the rules"

Keswick main street.
Perfect timing or what. When we got back to the car we decided to call in at the chippie instead of making something to eat when we got home (I know we're lazy). As we sat in the car eating just outside Keswick, the heavens opened and it was like someone aiming a hosepipe at the car window. Had we been 15 minutes later and we would have been out in it.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks