31st December 2013

Ending the year on Latrigg


Walk Overview
Time 12:30 to 2:45pm
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Briar Rigg - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - road through Brundholme Wood - 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


It had emptied down all morning and when I left home I had the opinion that if it happened to dry up, I'd have a walk somewhere. If not, I'd just head back home. By the time I got near Keswick it had stopped raining and the sun was even peeping out from behind the clouds. Why not end the year on Latrigg I thought, and by the look of things lots of other people were doing the same thing.

Carl Side, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell seen from Spooney Green Lane.

There are two bridges over this stretch of the A66, and as far I'm aware you have three options to go under it. Today I used the two bridges.

I think this must be a victim of the 'festive storms of 2013'.


On the opposite side of the valley are the north western fells from Causey Pike on the left, pointed Grisedale Pike near the centre and Barf on the right of the picture.


Walking through the woods on Ewe How.

Tree felling has opened up the view across to Bassenthwaite Lake and the Lord's Seat fells.


I think there must have been an open air pop concert or something up there and I've just missed it. Actually, if it was a pop concert I'm pleased I arrived too late.

There was lots of sky drama in the Lake District this afternoon. This shows Cat Bells and Newlands Valley lit up by the sunlight.

The Skiddaw fells remain dark for a while but Latrigg enjoys a good spell of sunshine. The shadow on the left was a nice, considerate lady who said " there's nothing I can do about the shadow but I won't spoil your picture by stepping in front of the camera".

Keswick and Derwent Water seen from the seat on Latrigg.

A view back down to the seat end of the summit. That's not a tarn, a lake or a reservoir down there next to the road, it's a flooded field.

Across the summit I go with Blease Fell (Blencathra) straight ahead and Great Mell Fell over on the right hand side of the picture.

As I glanced back I was surprised to see the mist rising up the side of the fell. Very atmospheric and it must have added a nice touch for the people up here that don't normally do this sort of thing.



I'm not sure what they were looking for but the searchlights were moving quickly across Derwent Water, Walla Crag and the fields around the Castlerigg area.

A view across to Clough Head and the Dodds. By the look of the field, this must be where all the local moles are having their New Years party.

Rather than walk back along the railway path as I generally do, I decided to head along the old road through Brundholme Woods.

Still lots of water running off the fells.

Time to cross back over the A66.

And that was 2013.
From a fell walking point of view this was an excellent year for me with a good winter continuing much longer than you'd expect. Spring didn't feel like spring but that didn't really spoil things because we had snow on the fells well into April. And as for summer, well that was the best we've had for years so we can only be grateful for that. Autumn was what you'd expect it to be and even though the weather went down hill towards the end of the year, on the whole things have been pretty good.

The best fell walking bit of the year isn't a walk, it was getting a sore foot sorted out so I could carry on walking; however long it lasts. It was getting so bad that I was resigning myself to the fact that this was going to be the thing that stopped me fell walking all together. Who would have thought sticking needles in your back, your arms and your feet would cure something like this.

The worst fell walking bit of the year was having to cancel a challenge I'd set myself (because of the foot). To add insult to injury, for the days I was due to do this we had the best Lake District weather we'd had for years. Unless you're one of the few people I've talked to about this you'll never guess what it is. It doesn't involve walking up any fells or walking in a straight line for any distance. I may do it in 2015 when I have a big birthday to mark in some way.

"where does that road take you"
"all the way to 2014"

David Hall -
Lake District Walks