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18th May 2014


Latrigg from Keswick

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....

River Greta

River Greta

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.

Railway Bridge Disused Keswick Railway
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.

Brundholme Bridge

A Bridge Too Far

We took the footpath off to the left just before the bridge and here started the ascent of Latrigg.

Brundholme Blease Fell

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.

Sheep on 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.

Latrigg Top

Latrigg Summiteers

Latrigg View

The North-Western Fells

As usual, there's someone else sat on the only bench.

Latrigg Bench

Summit Seat

A marshall was stood nearby, part of the Triathlon event was for runners to reach the top of Latrigg.

Latriig Gatepost
Mallen Dodd
Gate Post

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?

Triathletes Lakeland Triathletes


Keswick Cricket Club

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.

Cafe West

Cafe West

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