12th July 2009

Missing the showers on Latrigg


Walk Overview
Time 12.30 to 16.45
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 1450 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Briar Rigg - Spooney Green Lane - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Brundholme - Old Keswick Railway footpath - A66 - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Farm - Springs Wood - 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

Spoony Green Lane, leading up to Latrigg.

The not so busy A66 seen through the mash, presumably put there to stop me jumping off the bridge.


Evidence of tree felling.

Latrigg is a great little fell, and always a good one to keep up your sleeve for days when time, or the weather conspire against you. It's easy enough to get to the top, where the view down to Keswick, Derwent Water and the fells beyond is fantastic, and then, when you leave the summit the choices for a return journey are too numerous to list here.


Keswick, Derwent Water and the north western fells.


Looking across towards Skiddaw Little Man where the clouds weren't half flying over the ridge.

Well girls, you can sit down for a while if you want, but if that rain heads this way I'm off.

I think we struck it lucky today with the weather. As we looked across from Latrigg there was just one shower after another moving over the lakes. Thankfully the only one that reached us came along as we got to one of the old railway buildings, so we managed to stay dry for the whole of the walk.

Crossing one of the many railway bridges found along the Old Keswick Railway Path.

OK then we'll take a chance on staying dry and make the walk a little longer instead of heading straight back to Keswick.

A patchwork of fields in front of Clough Head.

It looks like the sun might put in an appearance after all.

The view along Castle Lane, showing a little sunshine on Walla Crag.


I always enjoy walking in this area, particularly on walks like this one where I have no plans at all about where I'm wanting to go; a simple case of getting out there and walking. The whole route was made up of a succession of "where do you fancy going next" moments.

I wonder when the rest of the tribe are due to arrive.

One of the smaller Castlerigg residents.

Sunday afternoon in Keswick.

The River Greta, twisting its way between Great Crosthwaite and Greta Hamlet.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks