Latrigg (approx 5½ miles)

This walk has been re-visited in 2015.

Maps: Sheet OL5 The English Lakes - North Eastern area
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Start: NY270238 Keswick Leisure Pool car park (there is free, unlimited parking on Brundholme Road).
Route: Click here to view the route superimposed on GoogleEarth (GoogleEarth must be installed on your computer in order to view - click here to download GoogleEarth).

Latrigg may only be only one third of the height of the tallest Lake District peaks, nevertheless it provides impressive views. The entire walk follows clear paths and tracks. The ascent is mainly over open fell. The return path closely follows the River Greta through Brundholme Wood.
Refreshments: There is plenty of choice in Keswick. Out favourites are the Square Orange for coffee and snacks, Brysons for afternoon tea and Salsa Bistro for a Mexican meal.
Route profile: route profile
Brundholme Road, Keswick From the Leisure Pool car park walk away from the town centre to the roundabout on Brundholme Road. Turn left. Follow the road for about ¼ mile, until… <

Brundholme Road, Keswick … you come to the bridleway sign shown (Skiddaw 4 miles). Turn right to follow the bridleway which leads over the A66.
Latrigg Woods Pass through the gate into Latrigg Woods. Continue on the main track ahead, avoiding a track on the right leading to Brundholme Wood.
rainbow over Bassenthwaite Where there was a gap in the trees on the left, we were fortunate enough to see a rainbow over Bassenthwaite.
walking up Latrigg Continue ahead on the main track which climbs gently round the hillside. Avoid a couple of tracks on the right.
view across Derwentwater The higher you climb, the more impressive the views: this is looking back over Derwentwater and the fells beyond.
walking up Latrigg Pass through this gate and continue to follow the main pathway. You pass an information board about Gale Ghyll Woods on the left: ignore the narrow path leading off to the right opposite the board and continue along the main track, with the woods on your left and the open fell on your right.
walking up Latrigg Follow the fingerpost on the right, indication Latrigg Summit ¾ mile.
view back to Bassenthwaite The path zig zags up the fellside, continuing to provide spectacular views of Bassenthwaite (pictured), Keswick, Derwentwater and the fells beyond.
Skiddaw In the other direction are views of Skiddaw and the surrounding fells.
walking up Latrigg The footpath continues to snake up the side of the hill until you reach…
walking up Latrigg … a junction of tracks. Here you bear right.
not quite at the top - but the best viewpoint from Latrigg This bench is situated at the point which provides the best views…
Derwentwater and Borrowdale from Latrigg … this is just looking over Keswick, Derwentwater and Borrowdale.
walking up Latrigg But we're not quite at the summit yet!
route down Latrigg From the top, a narrower path leads gently downhill…
view south east from Latrigg … providing views to the south and east.
route down Latrigg It leads to a gate, after which the paths on the ground become less distinct. We carried on walking in approximately the same direction until we could see…
route down Latrigg … a fence ahead. Here the path became clearer and led to a gate where the fence met a wider track from the left. We went through the gate and followed…
route down Latrigg … the well-worn track downhill for about half a mile to another gate with a stile alongside. We turned right along the surfaced track.
in Brundholme Woods Where a warning sign ahead prohibited vehicles we turned sharp left, following a sign which read, Permitted Path Keswick. From here the route we took included some quite steep, stepped paths - for an easier return route continue ahead to follow the forest road back to Keswick.
in Brundholme Woods Our route zig zagged down through the woods.
in Brundholme Woods At a junction of paths we went left (the right hand path probably re-joins our route further along, without the descent to river level).
in Brundholme Woods Wherever there were junctions of paths we followed the route marked with the sign pictured.
in Brundholme Woods We walked alongside the river for a short length, before climbing steps back uphill.
in Brundholme Woods The path took us over a couple of footbridges (the one pictured was the first and the more substantial).

At a junction of paths marked by a finger post we took the right fork (turning left, to follow the sign for Threlkeld would have led to the railway path and a more level route back to Keswick). Out route took us under a viaduct carrying the A66.
in Brundholme Woods Shortly after passing under the viaduct we came to a gate leading out of the woods. We turned left to join a road over the River Greta. After crossing the bridge we followed the road round to the right…
footpath by latrigg Lake … before following the sign on the left, Keswick Railway Path. This took us up steps, at the top of which we turned right on to …
path leading away from latrigg Lake … the disused railway track. We followed the track for just over half a mile, back to Keswick.

Other walks near here:

  • Bassenthwaite - approx 8 miles
  • Wansfell Pike - 7 miles
  • Derwentwater shore - approx 5.25 miles
  • Castle Crag, Borrowdale - 5 miles
  • Walla Crag from Keswick- 6.5 miles
  • Borrowdale and Watendlath - 5 miles
  • Around Watermillock Common, from Dockray - approx 5.25 miles
  • Aira Force - approx 2.2 miles

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