Southern Lake District

Route: Latterbarrow

Area: Southern Lake District

Date of walk: 29th July 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.3 miles

Ascent: 800 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny, very clear

Latterbarrow is one of the Outlying Fells of Lakeland classified by Wainwright in his book of that name, which was written ‘primarily for old age pensioners and others who can no longer climb high fells’. It’s worth the climb for anyone though, on account of the views from the top

I parked in the pretty village of Hawkshead, from where the obelisk on the top of Latterbarrow can clearly be seen, and walked out along an attractive path with more views of the fell ahead as I did so. I eventually joined the quiet and very narrow Loanthwaite Lane, and at the end of the lane started the climb up the gentle slopes of Latterbarrow

The views from the top, especially towards Windermere, were as good as I’d hoped for and after savouring these for a while I started the descent. The surroundings were unattractive at first, being through a wasteland of recently felled conifer plantations, but once I’d left this behind me the rest of the walk back to Hawkshead was delightful

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