18th May 2014
Latrigg from Keswick
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This walk started from the road behind Keswick Leisure Centre. It's a an obvious and popular circuit for walkers to combine a woodland walk along the disused railway line with an ascent of Latrigg. You are allowed to do the walk in either direction and today, we chose to follow the rail route first. What a wonderful way it must have been to arrive in Keswick, from Penrith by train, through fields and then woods with a growing number of mountains coming into view.
One of the Railway Bridges
Very popular route for cyclists and dog walkers. Molly had her first swim in the Greta, she's still on armbands and not allowed to go to far.
A Bridge Too Far
We took the footpath off to the left just before the bridge and here started the ascent of Latrigg.
Up the lane past Brundholme and there is a view to Blease Fell, part of Blencathra.
Grassy slopes, the home of sheep all the way to the top of Latrigg.
Part of the summit area was fenced off to allow for gliders to take off and land. The notice tells walkers where to avoid and it happens to include the summit territory; for fellwalkers that's outrageous! Still if you wanted to get to the very top, you could duck under the wire and reach the highest point.
The North-Western Fells
As usual, there's someone else sat on the only bench.
A marshall was stood nearby, part of the Triathlon event was for runners to reach the top of Latrigg.
The descent route over Mallen Dodd is quite straightforward. The gate post marks the start of a zigzag and the little piece of forestry could well be the squarest such plantation in the whole of Lakeland, unless you know differently?
Keswick Cricket Pavillion
Walkers: Molly The Dog and Me
Route: Along the old railway track from the leisure centre; up the lane past Brudholme and onto the wide grass path to the summit of Latrigg. Down via Mallen Dodd and Spooney Green Lane.
Time taken: 3hrs
Greetings: Whilst Molly is a puppy, we may as well meet as many folk as possible. It's good for her as she gets her tummy tickled on most occasions.
Weather: Dry with sunny intervals.
Refreshments: Cafe West in Fitz Park is a fine place to eat with seats inside and out. We sat out and I had a magnificent chicken and bacon toasted sandwich. Molly had some of the chicken and a bowl of water.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2014 ©