22nd January 2011

Lonscale Fell to Latrigg via Skiddaw


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 16.00
Duration 7 hr
Distance 14 mile
Ascent 4150 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney and Neil Haslewood
Briar Rigg - Spoony Green Lane - Gale Road - Whit Beck - Lonscale Fell - Jenkin Hill - Skiddaw Little Man - Skiddaw - Bakestall - Birkett Edge - Skiddaw House - Lonscale Crags - Whit Beck - Gale Road - Latrigg - Spoony Green Lane - 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

After a few emails being sent back and forth throughout the week, the three of us met up for a walk over the Skiddaw Fells. The original plan was Lonscale Fell to Bakestall, but Latrigg conveniently slotted itself onto the end of the walk, turning a quartet of fells in to a quintet.

for the time being at least, the north western fells were still totally cloud free, catching a little of the early morning sun and sitting above frost covered fields and a thin layer of mist.

Although we were going up Skiddaw, we didn't take the direct (so called) 'tourist route' you can see here. Instead, we headed along this path, across Whit Beck and up to Lonscale Fell first.

Lonscale Fell summit in front of an increasingly cloudy Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw. It had been quite warm walking up here as we were slightly sheltered from the northerly wind. Extra layers were needed from here to the other side of Bakestall.

Looking back across (down and up) to Lonscale Fell. Blencathra is behind on the left and Clough Head is on the right.

And again, this time from the path up to Skiddaw Little Man.

We had ascended enough now to find ourselves just below the cloud which was obscuring the distant views but still allowed us to see Keswick, Derwent Water and the thawing fields.

Skiddaw Little Man summit.

While we were here, the dip between Skiddaw Little Man and Skiddaw itself was still below the cloud, allowing is a view of Carl Side and the Ullock Pike ridge.

A view back to Skiddaw Little Man. I'm sure you already know, but the lake is Derwent Water.

Skiddaw Summit, yet again in cloud.

Even though it wasn't the brightest of days, from this point onwards, we were out of the cloud for the rest of the walk and able to enjoy the views; this one showing Bassenthwaite Lake.

Walking down hill to the top of Bakestall. Yes, that's down hill to the top!

Bakestall summit in front of Binsey, and in the far distance, sticking out above the mist are the Scottish hills.

Time for something to eat and time to take a picture looking across to Binsey.

Heading towards Skiddaw House. As Andrew said "along the long and not so winding road".

A very young River Caldew below Great Calva, although from this angle you don't see the true conical shape of the fell.

That's a bit better, , , Great Calva on the left of the picture.

Who said "a photo never lies"?
Stand in the right place, zoom in a little and the result is a much more dramatic section of path than it is in reality.

Conditions were a bit brighter as we rounded the south east corner of Lonscale Fell as this picture looking across towards Clough Head, St John's in the Vale and High Rigg shows.

On top of Latrigg and looking down to Keswick and Derwent Water.

The Skiddaw Fells; much brighter than they were when we were up there, but that's little use at this time of day anyway.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks