31st December 2012

Water, water everywhere - Latrigg and the Keswick railway path


Walk Overview
Time 11.15 to 13.25
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 6.2 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

Somehow it seemed wrong for the final walk of 2012 to be a dry one. The year has been dominated by wet weather so it was only fitting that I should get wet today. It poured down on the higher section of the walk and again just as I was getting back to the car. Yes, the weather has laughed at us for most of the year and December 31st was no different.

Looking down to the A66 through the wire mesh fitted to the bridge. It's a good job I didn't come here to end it all today. I'd have had the hassle of climbing over this stuff before hurling myself into the air.

A view across to Grisedale Pike, the Lord's Seat Fells and Bassenthwaite Lake.

With nowhere to run and the ground already saturated this was a common site today.

An extended Bassenthwaite Lake.

Flooded fields.


Latrigg's seat, seen in the pouring rain. Part of Derwent Water can be seen on the right hand side of the picture.

Just past the summit and looking across to Blease Fell. Down on the right is the A66.

High Rigg and Clough Head becoming a little clearer as the rain slowly clears.

Water damage.

Glenderaterra Beck joins forces with the River Greta. Notice the difference in colour of the water.

Looking back up Glenderaterra Beck. No matter how many times I type this I still have to check the spelling a couple of times.`

The River Greta wasn't half full and flowing fast today.



Back in Keswick now and you guessed it, , , , it's raining again.

Well folks, that's your lot for this year.
Please, please let 2013 be less wet than this year. Everyone knows the Lake District gets more rain than most areas but the last half of 2012 has been beyond a joke. To be honest it's not just us up here, I'm sure people in most other parts of the country will be hoping for a much drier 2013.

And what of next year? Well, my new years resolutions are to start smoking, eat more fatty foods and take less exercise. As far as walking goes I do have a challenge in mind and this one is even more obscure than walking over all the passes. This one is dependent on two things however. The first being the full recovery of my foot (which is slowly getting there) and the other is the need for just over two weeks of decent weather in May or June when the sun rises very early. If I do go ahead with it in the way I'd really like to, the whole thing will be completed in just over two weeks (no, it's not a long distance walk although it does cover a lot of miles). As the saying goes, you'll have to watch this space.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks