17th September 2011

What's in a number - Latrigg and the Keswick Railway Path


Walk Overview
Time 14.15 to 17 15
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

On of my biggest regrets in life is not starting to keep a record of my walks right from the start. I've been getting out at the rate I do now since the early 1990's and unfortunately I have nothing written down prior to mid 2003. 'Better late than never' springs to mind, but I still can't help thinking it's a real shame. Now that I do keep a record, I could ask myself 'what's in a number anyway'. Well, not a lot if the truth be told, but on this occasion it sort of stuck out like a sore thumb so I thought it was worth a mention. Today was my 1,000th walk since mid 2003 when I started to keep a track of things using the website.
It might fall short of what some folk manage to do, but it isn't bad when you consider I actually work full time. Yes, I still go to work and it'll be a few decades yet before I reach retirement age. As you can imagine, just because I live here getting out on the fells as often as this isn't as easily done as people might think . Because I'm not here on holiday I also have all the usual mundane things in life to do such as shopping at Tesco, taking the car for a service, waiting for the guy to come and fix the washing machine Etc, Etc.

I've no doubt at all that the time will come when I'll have to shorten the walks, cut out the consecutive days and probably keep off the higher fells altogether. And as hard as that would be to come to terms with, at least I now have the means to look back at some of the most rewarding days of my life which have been spent among the fells and in the valleys of the Lake District.

There's always someone who wants to get past the line of traffic.

After what was another morning of heavy rain, we only had a brief shower at the start of the walk, and we managed to stay dry throughout. Towards the end we even enjoyed some surprisingly warm sunshine.

Keswick, Derwent Water and the north western fells.

The bracken is really starting to turn now and the trees, well, they're beginning to show early signs that Autumn has arrived. And after what has been a poor summer, I'm hoping that 2011 will redeem itself by giving us a decent Autumn.

Nowt for me to say really !

Daydreaming, , , , ,

A lovely lookout from lowly Latrigg.

Clough Head, The Dodds and under cloud at the back is Helvellyn.
Low Rigg and High Rigg are the two smaller fells in the centre of the photo.

A close up of Great and Little Mell Fell.

Clough Head, The Dodds, Helvellyn and High Rigg, this time taken from the point where the track on Latrigg meets the road above Brundholme.

There was plenty of water in the River Greta today.


Under the old railway tunnel we go.

Blease Fell, above the River Greta.

Walking along the boardwalk.

Under the A66 with the sound of cars and lorries thundering above us.

What a shame the Penrith - Keswick - Cockermouth - west coast line was closed. As a normal passenger service it would be of some use, but as a tourist route, I'm sure it would probably have had more passengers than it could accommodate. It would also be one of the most picturesque rail journeys in the country.

What a difference from this mornings none stop rain.

Flood defences.
I know I'm not an engineer and therefore I'm not qualified to judge. The thing is, I can't help but remember that the problem with this wall wasn't it's thickness but rather its height. During the November 2009 floods the wall didn't give way, the water simply came over the top.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks