Lake District Walks
Date: 3rd February 2007
Distance: 6.9 miles
Ascent: 1227 feet
Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NY265233
A pleasant climb up on to Latrigg, a little hill with big views over Derwent Water and the Vale of Keswick.
Route Summary: Keswick - Fitz Parks - Spooney Green Lane - Latrigg - Brundholme - Briery - Fitz Parks - Keswick
2. Skiddaw Dodd
3. Lisa on the path on to Latrigg
4. Carl Side, Skiddaw and Little Man
5. On Latrigg
6. The North Western fells from Latrigg
7. Blease Fell
8. The River Greta
Walk Detail: It was a beautiful sunny day with frost still in the fields as we arrived in Keswick. The climb up on to Latrigg from Keswick was as simple as it was lovely with only one real steep section. An early highlight was a heron perched on a tree near the beginning of Spooney Green Lane while further up an inquisitive robin hopped to within inches of us.
The views on the climb up of the Newlands, Grasmoor, Whinlatter and Skiddaw fells were excellent but paled in comparison with the sudden view down to Derwent Water when the summit ridge was gained. The top of Latrigg is flat and grassy with superb views and I can well imagine spending an entire day up there with a book and binoculars.
We sat down for a while to admire the view before heading down the east ridge with increasingly good views of the Blease Fell section of Blencathra. At about this time I managed to slip over with a real thud on a slightly muddy patch of grass. After nearly repeating this incident several times we made it down to the minor road near the farmhouse of Brundholme before walking back to Keswick along a stretch of the old railway line.
It was a novel approach which afforded some excellent views of the River Greta upon which there was, at one point, a large party of canoeists. Upon reaching Keswick we dumped the walking things in the car before having lunch in the Old Keswickian.