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Braithwaite Court

Cumbria, England

Latrigg 268m walking and hiking route

Total distance
Total ascent

Start Point

The start of the walk is from Briar Rigg. This is an area on the outskirts of Keswick and is easily accessible from the A66 at the large roundabout take the A591 Keswick, the Pheasant Inn will be on your right (call back in the evening for ham & eggs and Jennings Bitter). Take the first left after the garage showroom. You then pass a row of terraced cottages on the left before you see houses on the right. This is Briar Rigg. As the road starts to climb look to park your car on the left.

The walk of Latrigg gives pleasure every time. It is a very modest looking fell with smooth contours and no particular prominent crags or breaks in the roundness of its slopes.

The reason for walking to the top of Latrigg is not to bag another Wainwright or to climb as a one-off, it is to admire the view. From the top of Latrigg you can obtain a panoramic layout of the surrounding fells. Left to right you can see the Helvellyn range, then from Walla Crag drop down and look up the full length of Derwentwater towards the Barrowdale fells, which contain England's finest. The west towards Newlands and the range that runs round to Braithwaite, with Grisedale Pike dominating above the village. Moving further on from Grisedale to the right is Whinlatter and Barf. You can now admire Bassenthwaite Lake, and almost behind you there is Skiddaw, the giant neighbour of Latrigg rising to 928m. Looking behind you there is Blencathra (sometimes known as Saddleback due to its shape) and completing the circuit we turn east and scan past Mel Fell and across to the start of the Helvellyn range again. Refreshments: Pheasant Inn.


Walk Instructions

You will see the entrance to a rough lane know as Spooney Green Lane. This where the walk starts.

The lane goes down in a dip and starts to rise gently towards Latrigg and Skiddaw. It is hard to believe that this area of fields was the site of Keswick's first Golf Course. Eventually the lane crosses the A66 and dips again before you come to a wooden gate. Go through the gateway and before you is a wide path. Stay on this path all the way to the top of the incline.

Here you are at a good vantagepoint for admiring the view. Stop for a while before you continue to follow the path towards a small stream that has a piece of slate as part of the bridge. Go over the stream and follow the track which turns back steeply in the shape of an "s" bend with the final turn over some bare rock.

You are now walking through the edge of a wood with the surrounding trees forming a canopy over the path. As you reach the end of the wooded area you turn again up towards a wooden gate - yet another vantagepoint - with views towards Bassenthwaite. Now follow the path through gorse bushes towards a metal gate on the left, which leads into a plantation. You are now on the western side of the fell and must continue for three hundred yards past here.

At this point you must start to look for the acute turn on the right that will eventually take you on the zig-zag path to the summit. This is a gradual climb with easy gradients on a very soft grassy path with staggering views. The first high point is marked by a wooden seat. Stop and take in the scenery. There is still a short walk to the actual summit, which is directly behind you from the seat.

You must now follow a well-defined path along from the top of Latrigg, which leads to a gate. Go through this and follow the path east until you reach the fence. This is where you turn left and down towards the metal gate that has a sheepfold next to it. Go through the gate and head towards the gorse thicket. The path goes through this until the stile leading onto the road. Cross the stile and turn left down the road towards a house, which is on the right hand side of the track. On the right there are two gates, one after another, taking you to the footpath that is the disused railway line. Here is a converted "Navvies Hut", with information boards inside.

This path is well defined and takes in the old "bowstring" bridges designed by Thomas Bouch. You can admire the remaining platform at the site of the old Bobbin Mill, where once they produced 40 million bobbins in a year.

After this point you continue towards the huge fly-over that carries the A66. As you reach the gate look towards where trains traveled above the river. Then you walk under the new fly over you are walking above the tunnel. Here below is the area known as Brigham and the surrounding hazel was once coppice for charcoal to fuel a forge.

You continue past the outlying areas of Keswick until the path brings you to the railway station. Turn right towards the mini roundabout, then left to follow the road back to the car or there is a path on the right side of the road behind a hedge which keeps you off the road.


Disclaimer: This route was correct at time of writing. However, alterations can happen if development or boundary changes occur, and there is no guarantee of permanent access. These walks have been published for use by site visitors on the understanding that neither HPB Management Limited nor any other person connected with Holiday Property Bond is responsible for the safety or wellbeing of those following the routes as described. It is walkers' own responsibility to be adequately prepared and equipped for the ‎level of walk and the weather conditions and to assess the safety and accessibility of the walk.


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