4th January 2014

Latrigg, High Rigg and Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 8:05am to 5:15pm
Duration 7 hr 10 min
Distance 14.1 mile
Ascent 3100 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Briar Rigg - Latrigg - Brundholme - A66 - Naddle Beck - Tewet Tarn - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - Shaw Bank - Dale Bottom - Nest Brow - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


It was hardly daylight when we set out today, it was raining and camera flash was needed to get a picture. I wonder if the people in the car driving up the road thought they'd been caught on a speed camera when the flash went off. The forecast had been for a dry start with rain coming in later. What we got was a wet start and dry conditions later on.

Heading up the side of Latrigg and although I haven't been here since last year, the reality is that my last visit to Latrigg was only 4 days ago.

The Latrigg seat and a very wet looking Keswick.

Heading down to Brundholme.

It was pretty obvious the rain wasn't going to stop for a while but it still seemed a good idea to take shelter in the old workmans hut. The hut comes complete with two bricked up windows and a bricked up fireplace. We wondered exactly what the people that worked here did for a living and how they spent their working days. Due to our relaxed 21st century view on things we reckoned they were able to sit with their feet up in front of the fire while using the windows to keep a look out for the boss walking along the railway line. The reality was probably a lot different from this.

Immediately past the bridge we turned right to head up towards the A66 which we needed to get across. We used the subway. It's signposted and as the sign tells us, it avoids the main road.

Here's a view of Blencathra taken from the field next to Tewet Tarn, but never mind the view, just look at all that water on the ground. To say the least, everywhere was running with water today and if the water wasn't actually running, the ground was saturated like this.

Inside St John's in the Vale Church.

High Rigg summit.

We headed across the ridge for a short way before turning off to the right and heading down to Dale Bottom.

A view down to Dale Bottom. Thankfully there seemed to be a bit of brightness over there in the distance.

It's a lovely walk alongside Shaw Bank and as with many other places, it just doesn't last long enough. Another couple of mile of this would be great.

Low Rigg and Sykes Farm. Walking over the dip in the skyline takes you to St John's in the Vale church.

It had rained continually since setting off but had finaly stopped by the time we reached the fields near Sykes Farm. Had it continued, we both agreed that Walla Crag may have to be removed from the walk. Although the rain wasn't what you'd call torrential, is was certainly consistent and we were beginning to take on the look of two drowned rats.

Time to get the other camera out. Although the conditions don't make the pictures look much better. It was also time to have something to eat, and just as I was about to take a bite out of the first sandwich I heard Paul Say "I don't believe it, I've life mine at home". Not wanting to see a man starve to death I kindly donated 50% of my dinner to Paul. Those that know me are probably saying that's no big deal because I normally eat enough for two people anyway. The thing is, I'm trying to loose a bit of weight so I didn't bring as much as normal, , , , blimey, now I really am on short rations. As it turned out, Paul hadn't left his at home at all, they were in the car boot. Mmmmm, yes, I think I'll try that one next time I walk with someone. Pretend I've left my dinner in the house, eat half of someone else's and then eat my own on the drive home.


Low Nest Farm.

Mud and water. We had plenty of this stuff on the walk today. It was very slippery and on more than one occasion each of us came very close to ending up on the ground. Over on the right of the picture is Walla Crag where we're heading next.

Rakefoot Farm and Walla Crag.

Brockle Beck flows over the ford next to Rakefoot Farm. Although it was slippery, the bridge was still a better option than the ford today. After getting across without falling, we walked up the final ascent of the day.

On a clear day you're treated to a great view of Blencathra from here. Today, we had to settle for a view of the clouds.

By the way they're breaking up at the base and moving across (and up) the fellside, the clouds over on Skiddaw look to me like the 'it's stopped raining for a while' variety.

Derwent Water and north western fells.

Walla Crag summit and as seen as though it's dry, I'm going to try out my new toy. (see top of page above the route map)

A close up of Latrigg and Skiddaw (under cloud).

This is the path we used as we splashed our way down to Cat Gill.

And that's the top of Cat Gill over there. The path running between Walla Crag and Ashness Bridge works its way across the top of the gill.

The steep and slippery bit. I wouldn't like to walk down here with no spikes if it were icy.


I wish I could have seen this a couple of days before Christmas but as we said at the time, we probably wouldn't have been able to stand here because of all the water.


A view down the side fo Cat Gill.

and a view back up.

Down by Derwent Water and looking across to Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy. On the right you can see Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow.

It looks like the tide has been quite high recently.
Flood debris.

The water level was quite high and only the top of the hundred year stone was visible.

I seem to remember these two trees were blown down in the big storm of January 2005. Isn't it amazing that it's 9 years later and the soil still hasn't washed off the roots.

Those of you that have been here before might be a little shocked to see this. Those of you that haven't been through here might like to know this is actually the path and not a stream.


That was a nice bit of footwork to stop yourself slipping. Now all you need to do is turn around again and try to make as far as the gate.

Keswick launch in front of Rowling End with Causey Pike up on the right.

and now in front of Cat Bells.

Taking a short walk on a long pier !

I guess the seagulls have got fed up of the stormy weather out at sea so they've set up a temporary home at Derwent Water.

Back to reality and the hustle and bustle of Keswick on a wintry Saturday afternoon.


Keswick market, a shoppers paradise selling a wide range of products including cups, pork pies and pictures.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks