10th November 2013

Hawkshead, Windermere, Wray Castle and Latterbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 10:15am to 2:45pm
Duration 4 hr 30 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Hawkshead - Colthouse - Colthouse Plantation - Guide Posts - Belle Grange - Windermere - Red Nab - Wood Close Point - High Wray Bay - Wray Castle - High Wray Bay - High Wray - Latterbarrow - Colthouse - Hawkshead
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Hawkshead

Despite the size of this car park, the popularity of Hawkshead makes it a bit of a hit and miss affair as far as getting a space goes. If you do manage to get parked then you're in for a real treat because Hawkshead really does give you a glimpse back in time.

Needless to say there is a substantial charge the privilege of parking here.


Route Map

Hawkshead Church sits on elevated ground within the village so from certain places you get a nice view looking up at the church rather than across or down to it. This one was taken from the main car park.

It's difficult to get long distance views when walking through the woods (for obvious reasons). When I did get a gap in the trees I took this picture looking over Hawkshead to Coniston Old Man and Brim Fell.

Woodland tracks

Thornthwate Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.

Fairfield (just), Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike / Low Pike, Little Hart Crag and Red Screes.

A single tree in Scab Moss.

Woodland shadows.

Blimey, this has to be the slipperiest none iced up path in the Lake District. Everyone we passed said the same thing and one guy who was pushing his bike up described it as a death trap.

Looking across Windermere to the Fairfield Horseshoe and Wansfell Pike.

Miss Lakeland.


Sour Howes.

Trees were in the way so here's the boat, , , ,

, , , and here's the water skier.

The boathouse we passed on the way to Wray Castle.

"No, I haven't got any food, I'm just taking your picture"


It's funny that Wansfell Pike looks so close from here yet the lake looks a long way off when you're on Wansfell Pike.

A strange shaped tree found next to the lake.

Looking over towards the Fairfield Horseshoe (again) from the terrace at Wray Castle.

From the same place, now looking around towards the Langdales.

I can't believe this is the first time I've been to Wray Castle, actually I can believe it because I know it's true. Anyway: I had no idea it was like this, I thought it was just a ruin. If we'd known it was somewhere you could go in and have a proper look around I could have came earlier. As it was, if we'd gone in, we'd have had to rush our visit. Definitely somewhere to come back to.

And the time is, , , ,

Time to leave the lake and head up to High Wray. In the distance are Red Screes and Wansfell Pike.


Probably one of the best (complete) views 'into' the Fairfield Horseshoe you get from anywhere.

Into the shade and into the woods below Latterbarrow we go.

A close up of the distant Howgill fells.

The short climb levels off now and here I an looking across to the central and near eastern fells.

Latterbarrow summit. There were actually quite a few people up here but with a little bit of patience and a crop of the picture, I managed to get a people free shot.



Next time I come I'll bring a magnifying glass so I can read the byelaws. After all, I wouldn't want to do anything wrong.

Well that was certainly a Remembrance day to remember. I always feels like a big bonus when you get a warm day at this time of year and today was indeed a bonus.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks