Route: Latrigg

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 6th December 2022

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.3 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Sunny, very cold

Latrigg sits at the foot of Skiddaw. Its elevation is a modest 1,203 feet, but it punches well above its height in terms of the views from the 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 drawback of Latrigg is that its proximity to Keswick, the ease of the ascent, and the superlative view make it a little too popular at times. This isn’t a walk we’d follow at peak times, unless setting off early

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 a while we joined the path leading to the top of Latrigg. The climbing was easy throughout and, as Wainwright puts it in his Guide to the Lakeland Fells, ‘anybody who cannot manage this short and simple climb is advised to give up the idea of becoming a fellwalker’

Before long we arrived at the wonderfully situated bench near the summit. We’d been keenly anticipating this moment and weren’t disappointed. The view was as glorious as ever – the rooftops of Keswick below, the full length of Derwent Water beyond, and an array of lakeland peaks, all displayed in early morning sunshine

Having savoured the views we started the descent along a grassy path which leads east along the Latrigg ridge. The angle is very gentle and it’s easy going all the way. On arriving at the end of the ridge we decided to take a new way back for us – a quiet lane which leads through Brundholme Wood. This contoured around the lower slopes of Latrigg, descending gently all the way down, and proved to be a very easy way back

For an alternative slightly longer return via the Keswick to Threlkeld Railway Track, click here and for a shorter 4 mile there and back version of the walk click here

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