26th October 2008

And after the floods, the Autumn colours came


Walk Overview
Time 08.50 to 11.30
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 1000 ft
Walking with Andrew and Anne Leaney
Briar Rigg - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Brundholme - Old Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Briar Rigg
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Spooney Green Lane, Keswick

I'm sure the people in the houses on the opposite side of the road get fed up with so many people parking here, but the fact is that we all have a car and we all need to park it somewhere.

The obvious fell to walk to from here is Latrigg, but the more adventurous could easily carry on and head onto the Skiddaw fells.


Route Map

Latrigg seen from the end of Spoony Green Lane.
After the horrendous weather we had yesterday, our walk today was planned around somewhere we new we could could actually get to. And just as well as it turned out. On the drive through to Keswick, major rivers had burst their banks, fields were flooded and there was just so much water about. Heading off the main roads and onto the country lanes might not have been the best idea today.

I'm astounded that there are any leaves left on the trees after the recent storms, but there are and they looked just about at their best today.

Sunshine on the woodland between Latrigg and Bassenthwaite Lake.

And then we spotted the rain, but would it head our way? YES; and with a vengeance. From here to the other side of the summit it bucketed down.

Well, there the rain goes; thankfully.

Looking back up to Latrigg.

The skies over towards the Eastern fells looking akin to the lights shining down on a theatre stage.


The River Greta. Did someone mention that it rained yesterday?

It was gorgeous walking along here today. The colours were fantastic, the river was putting on a good show for us and above all else, it wasn't raining.

The old Keswick railway path.

As I said, "the colours were fantastic".

The river Greta flowing under one of the old railway bridges.





This is the point at which the path leaves the old railway track and follows the boardwalk around to Greta Bridge where the track is picked up again. The route of the railway line actually goes into the side of the hill, but the tunnel has been blocked off. I wonder way!


Greta Bridge. I know it's hard to believe, but this won the "best concrete engineering structure of the century" award in 1999.

Crossing the River Greta in Keswick.

Back where we started at Spoony Green Lane, with a nice view of the Skiddaw Fells.
Before we went home we dropped our gear off and then had a walk into Keswick with the aim of seeing just how full the lake was after all yesterdays rain.

Down by the landing stages

Now this is the first time I've seen this. It looks like the rowing boats have been dragged up the road in anticipation of the heavy rains. All we need is a traffic warden to come along and slap a parking ticket on them.

No, this isn't someone's house, this is the boat house found next to the landing stages.





One final picture here of the River Greta, seen on the walk back to the cars.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks