Derwent Water from Latrigg


Route: Latrigg

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 13th May 2021

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 6.1 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

Latrigg is one of the lower lakeland fells, but punches well above its weight in terms of the views from its summit. These are superior (in my opinion) to those from Skiddaw, which towers up behind it and is nearly 2,000 feet higher. The only problem with Latrigg is that its proximity to Keswick, ease of access, and the beauty of the views can make it a little too busy at times. For that reason we made an early start

We parked as usual on the roadside at Briar Rigg and walked up Spooney Green Lane, crossing the bridge over the busy A66 along the way. After climbing up through Latrigg Woods we joined the zig-zagging path leading to the top of Latrigg. The climbing was easy throughout, and by 9am we were admiring the view from the wonderfully situated bench just below the summit

Beyond the summit we started the gentle descent, following the ridge in an easterly direction, enjoying views of Blencathra ahead of us. At the end of the ridge we joined the new Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Track which was officially opened last December, 5 years after much of the old trail was destroyed by Storm Desmond. A huge amount of work has been carried out here, including 5km of track, new bridges and the reconstruction of a collapsed tunnel. This provided an easy stroll back into Keswick. After walking past the former railway station we joined the Briar Rigg road, and from here it was a short stroll back to the start of a wonderful walk

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