16th April 2016

Briar Rigg to Longlands

Time 9:35am to 3:50pm
Duration 6 hr 15 min
Distance 13.7 mile
Ascent 3400 ft - or there abouts
Walking with Rod Hepplewhite
Briar Rigg -Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Whit Beck - Lonscale Crags - Skiddaw House - Great Calva - Knott - Great Sca Fell - Little Sca Fell - Brae Fell - Broad Moss - Lowthwaite - Longlands Fell - Lodness - Longlands
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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


With the luxury of two cars, we head out on a linear walk today. We met at Longlands earlier, left a car there and drove around to Briar Rigg to start walking. The advantage of this type of walk is that you can be quite inventive and include places you wouldn't otherwise visit on the same outing. Hands up if you've ever been on Latrigg and Longlands Fell on the same walk. Yes, they're a long way from each other but, doing it this way means you needn't half kill yourself in the process. So, for all you groups that arrive at the start of a walk in multiple cars, why not try this type of walk as a way of getting an enjoyable day on the fells.

On our left hand side the view opens up towards Bassenthwaite Lake, the Lord's Seat fells, Dodd and Carl Side.

The hairpin bend on Latrigg offers a fine view across to the north western fells.

The seat with a view. I wonder how many 'bottoms' made use of this between now and sunset.

Turning around for a picture of the Skiddaw fells.

"I'm sick of telling you two to play nicely"

Taking the right hand path we leave the main Skiddaw route and head towards Whit Beck. From there we skirt around the side of Lonscale Fell and round to Skiddaw House.

The view back along the track.

And another look back the way we'd came. Taken just before we reach the craggy bit of Lonscale Crags.

Ahead of us is Skiddaw House but first, a walk along part one of Lakelands most enjoyable routes (or at least I think so). It's generally quiet, wide open space and if you particularly like heather, try visiting here around September time.

Here a large group of cyclists head towards Skiddaw House. I don't know about you, but I often find that cyclists hurtle past with the 'get out of the way or I'll knock you over' approach to enjoying the countryside. Thankfully this wasn't the case with these guys. We stepped aside and almost every one of the group said hello or thank you or passed on some comment.


I'm not sure why they felt the need for such a big sign. It's not exactly a housing estate so it's unlikely anyone would mistake the building for anything else.

Leaving Skiddaw House we make our way along this nice clean track before heading onto Great Calva.

As a 5 year old I'm sure I'd have loved it up here. Thick brown mud everywhere and no way to stop it caking onto the bottom half of your legs. Yes, I have to admit I was brought up in an age when kids were encouraged to play outside and if that meant getting dirty then so be it. At the time it was just a part of growing up; I mean a bit of mud never hurt anyone did it. And, shock, horror for all those modern parents, I can safely say we never had anti-bacterial wipes in our house just in case any of of us happened to go back home with germs on our hands. In those days your Mam would spit on a hanky, wipe the mud off your face and then send you straight back outside.

A close up of High Rigg and part of Thirlmere.

Great Calva summit in front of Mungrisdale Common and Blencathra.

A view back to Great Calva (right) and Bowscale Fell, Bannerdale Crags, Mungrisdale Common and Blencathra.


Knott summit. From here we could see a few snow showers in the distance - and they were heading this way.

A close up of Carrock Fell.


"look at the colour of that sky over there" we said.

When we reached Great Sca Fell summit there were already 4 women here. They were chatting away to each other but without intruding we still said hello, they said hello back to us and that was the end of the conversation to be honest. Then, one of them broke with fell walking etiquette and assumed we didn't know where we were. And if that wasn't bad enough it was the ignorant way she did it. Without even having the courtesy to face us properly she half turned around, pointed at the cairn and told us "this is Great Sca Fell if you're ticking it off". Without pausing she continued talking to her friends. OK, it might not sound like much to get wound up about but this is something you simply do not do. Especially when (as in our case) the people might well have already been there dozens of times.
Needless to say we completely ignored her. Although, when they'd gone we told each other what we really thought.

Another snow shower moves across and this one just missed us.

Ah well, it was only a matter of time until one of the showers reached us and here it is. Thankfully it wasn't that wet, clingy type of snow, this was the type that looks like someone up there of rubbing two pieces of polystyrene together. This stuff just bounces off and you tend to stay dry.

Brae Fell summit.



Looking ahead to Longlands Fell.

Looking down to Longlands, Overwater and Binsey.

Well, that was a good 13 and a bit miles. Mostly on easy terrain with a few up hills and a few down hills for good measure but, I don't really feel like I've walked that far. All that remains now is the short walk down this track to Longlands, the drive back to pick up the other car and then it's home for tea.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks