3rd August 2015

An evening on Latrigg

Time 5:30 to 8pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Helen Clark
Briar Rigg - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - 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


Strange thing the weather isn't it.
At half past seven this morning we pulled up at work and questioned if we really wanted to get out of the car while it's raining that much. By dinner time the rain had stopped and by home time the sky was more blue than grey. And now, we're standing at the bottom of Latrigg with hot sunshine on the side of our faces.

The A66 is seen from the bridge but if you're thinking about jumping, you'll have to bring some step ladders to get over the wire mesh.
"what do you mean, you can't say things like that. I'm only trying to be helpful"


Despite the amount of cloud over on the north western fells we seemed to be doing pretty well as far as getting some sunshine goes.

The view:
Keswick and Derwent Water from the top of Latrigg.

and from the seat, Bassenthwaite and the north western fells.

The Skiddaw fells were looking really inviting this evening. Sadly time was not on our side.

Looking across to Clough Head, the Dodds and all the way to Helvellyn.


Walking down the grassy ridge on Latrigg with a view of Blease Fell (Blencathra).

Here's another picture of Clough Head to Helvellyn. this one taken at lower level to give an altogether different view of them.

The River Greta with Clough Head above.

One of the bridges on the Keswick railway path.

Looking along the railway path. It's nice along here at anytime but particularly so on a lovely summers evening like this one.

You'll find lots of evidence that this was once a railway line, not least the tunnel.
Another tunnel which once went through the side of the hill has been blocked up and this boardwalk has been built to take us walkers around, rather than through the hill.

Ugly looking thing isn't it. Although, we did discuss what a utter nightmare Keswick would be if the bridge wasn't here and the town had to cope with 21st century traffic.

There's no mistaking what this used to be.

What a brilliant name for this particular B&B.
Because, , , , this building was the railway stationmasters house before the station (and the line) was closed in 1972. The closure was a result of Dr Beaching's 1960 report.
Nice to see it's still in Cumberland (where I was born) instead of Cumbria.

And to finish a picture taken from the front of the car looking up to Carl Side, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and a little bit of Lonscale Fell.
Once again, a fantastic way to spend an evening.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks