13th January 2008

Wet and windy on Latrigg


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 13.20
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 7.9 mile
Ascent 1310 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale Suspension Bridge - Keswick - Briar Rigg - Gale Road Car Park - Latrigg - Brundholm - Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Portinscale Suspension Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking near Portinscale suspension bridge

This is somewhere I tend to start walking from qutie a lot. It's nice and handy for Keswick, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Latrigg and even the Castlerigg Stone Circle area.

The parking is free and no matter at what time of year or time of day I've always managed to get a space here.

From here you're only about 10 minutes walk from Keswick with everything the town has to offer, and in the opposite direction you're less than 5 minutes walk from Portinscale.


Route Map

The forecast was for a wet and windy day today and as it turned out they were spot on. The whole walk was done with a mixture of drizzle, light rain and torrential downpours. I took this picture looking towards Grisedale Pike shortly after setting out from the road near Portinscale suspension bridge.

Latrigg seen here above Spoony Green Lane.

The north western fell seen across the Vale of Keswick.

Looking back down the path I'd followed from Spoony Green Lane


The Lord's Seat fells, Bassenthwaite Lake and Dodd, all seen from the top of Gale Gill.

Looking back to the car park at the top of Gale Road from the beginning of the controversial "limited mobility" path across to Latrigg.

Five Latrigg residents who weren't at all bothered about the rain.

Blowing a gale, bucketing down and having a great time. I don't think I'd fancy it on the higher fells today though.

Looking back down the limited mobility path..

This bridge is found close to the point at which I left the Brundholme road and headed down to the old Keswick railway track.

Keswick railway path looking rather less crowded than it does during the busier times of the year.


A group of canoeists passed me shortly after taking this picture of the River Greta. By the look of the river, it was definitely a case of "rather them then me". Mind you they were probably saying "look at that idiot walking about in this rain".

Back in Keswick now.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks