14th February 2016


Time 9am to 12:10pm
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft give or take a few feet
Walking with Jennifer
Spooney Green Lane - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - road through Brundholme Wood - Windebrowe - 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


Latrigg is seen here above Spoony Green Lane.

Here are the Skiddaw fells looking pristine with a topping of snow and blue sky above.

Looking across to the north western fells from the path up the side of Latrigg.


Ah well, it didn't take long for the cloud to build up.

With a wind chill of -8 dec C, five minutes sit down on the seat was enough until it was time to make tracks.


Jennifer is well kited out for the cold condition as she walks from the seat up to the actual summit on Latrigg. Taking no chances with her knee on the slippery ground she wears micro-spikes even though they wouldn't normally be needed. As it turned out they were most useful on the muddy walk down the other side of the fell. This week Latrigg, next week the North Pole, , , , or maybe the week after that.

Blease Fell / Blencathra are in view the whole way down here.

Looking back up the track to the top of Latrigg.


With the railway path being closed because of the damage caused by the floods in December, we head back along this narrow road.

To add some distance onto the walk we droped down into Brundholme woods to 'try our luck' at getting a route all the way across Forge Brow or failing that, have a look at the landslides and then walk back up to the road,


Well, I guess this is as far as we're going in this direcion.

Back on the road we continue walking and eventually cross one of the bridges over the A66. This side of the bridge looking east.
and this side looking west.

Snowdrops were dotted along the side of the road, dogs barked in Greta Bank Farm and some of the trees were coming into bud as we walked the final mile or so to the car. It wasn't exactly T-shirt and shorts weather but I don't think I'd too daring to say it was actually quite spring like by the time we got down here. Here's hoping that spring is indeed 'just around the corner'.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks