3rd February 2012

Latrigg and Keswick Railway Path


Walk Overview
Time 13.30 to 15.30
Duration 2 hr
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
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

I was in desperate need of cheering up today. Website problems were going from bad to worse and I was powerless to do anything about it. So I headed out for a walk over Latrigg where I was guaranteed to return feeling slightly less disheartened with everything.

This is one of the information boards found next to the route through Latrigg Woods. If you find the writing too small on this picture for you to read, you'll need to come here and see it for yourself. Now there's a good incentive to do this walk if ever there was one.

Don't believe a word of it, , , , I never saw a single hen while I was here.

Looking across to the Lord's Seat fells, Bassenthwaite, Dodd and most of Carl Side.

Dramatic Lakeland as seen from the seat on Latrigg.

Snow capped Skiddaw fells.

Clough Head, the Dodds and Helvellyn behind High Rigg.

Time to leave Latrigg and head in the direction of Blencathra. That's in the direction of, not as far as.

A close up of Clough Head and Great Dodd.

A close up of Great Mell Fell.

A good day for close ups today and this one is of Derwentfolds.

Lonscale Fell, seen here from the road between Brundholme and the railway path.

And this; if you didn't already know, is the venue for the annual Lake District Mole Convention.

Heading along the Keswick Railway Path.

Work in progress. Actually, you can forget about the in progress bit.


Not the usual photo looking along the boardwalk, but this one shows you the steep drop on one side.


Given there's only a couple of hours daylight left I'd better head towards Keswick and not Penrith or Sunderland.

"Do you do requests"
"Yes sir, what would you like me to do"
"How about playing in another town"

Ah, so that's why they never built the wall any higher. What a good idea. It stops the water (they hope), it doesn't block the view and it doesn't look out of place.

Latrigg, not quite framed properly but if I kneeled down to get all the fell in frame, you couldn't see the river. The lesser of two evils and all that.
OK, I know that was cruel, but it was only a joke. The guy on the accordion was actually quite good, even though he was playing 'when the saints go marching in'.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks