18th August 2013

Keswick Railway Path, Threlkeld and Lonscale Crags


Walk Overview
Time 10:30am to 3:15pm
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 10.7 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Briar Rigg - Keswick Railway Path - Threlkeld - Middle Row Farm - side of Blease Fell - Lonscale Crags - Gale Road car park - path down the side of Latrigg - 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

Latrigg seen from the roadside just along from Spooney Green Lane.

Keswick railway station; although you'll have to wait a long time for the next train to Penrith.

This is the first of the bridges we crossed as we left Keswick and headed along the old railway path to Threlkeld.


The classic picture of Greta Bridge framing the distant Coledale fells.

On the boardwalk. It's a good job the grippy strip things have been fitted as it was quite slippery on here today.


This is the point where you can leave the railway path and head up to Latrigg. Through the gate and turn left.
Up on the fellside you can see the Blencathra Centre. We'll be passing behind it later in the walk.

A rather brown looking River Greta.

Passing by one of the old workman's huts found along the railway path.

It doesn't feel like 3 miles from Keswick to the main road outside Threlkeld but, I guess the sign maker must have got his information from a reliable source.

On the way into Threlkeld.

The sunshine was quite nice while it lasted but the strong breeze did almost nothing at all to warm things up.

Not long after entering the village you turn left onto Blease Road. This is the uphill section of the walk.

It wasn't a sunshine today as this picture of Clough Head and St John's in the Vale shows.

High Row Farm.

A view back along the track towards Clough Head and St John's in the Vale.

Looking ahead towards Great Calva (we didn't walk that far). The line you can see running across the fellside up there is the path we're walking around to.

After yesterday's heavy rain, I'm not surprised to see this much water running down here.

Roughton Gill.

We're on the opposite side of Glenderaterra valley now and over there you can see the path we'd just walked along from the Blencathra Centre.

A view across to Mungrisdale Common.

A close up of St John's in the Vale.

Jennifer leads the way across Lonscale Crags.

Yes, it looks like the rain is heading our way.

From Gale Road car park we took the path down the side of Latrigg.

Well, I think we did okay to get this far without any rain falling but we're almost back now and a little bit of the wet stuff wasn't going to spoil the walk.

Latrigg seen from Spooney Green Lane.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks