Route: Latrigg

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 15th December 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: A few sunny patches, freezing on the top

We were last on Latrigg a year ago and as before we parked near Spooney Green Lane and followed the lane uphill. After crossing the bridge over the busy A66 we started the easy climb around the flanks of the fell following a path which is part of the Cumbria Way. After a short distance we left the Cumbria Way to turn sharp right at a finger post pointing up to Latrigg. It’s an easy climb and before long we were at the summit of Latrigg enjoying some fabulous views of the snow clad fells beyond Keswick and Derwent Water

Although Latrigg offers big views it’s a small fell and so we were below the snow line, although the paths were icy in places and we had to watch our steps

The classic return leg along the old railway path is still out of bounds as a result of the 2015 floods so when we reached the foot of the fell we followed the permitted forest track through Brundholme Wood. As was the case last year, forestry operations were in progress and the area was a mess. In retrospect it would have been better to follow the parallel metalled track a little further below. In the end we went off piste to join this track and from here walked along the lower slopes of Latrigg, just above the noisy A66, until we arrived back at the Cumbria Way and retraced our steps back to the start

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