Easy and accessible, this short walk to the summit of a classic Lakeland fell is the perfect day out.
Looking across Derwent water to Latrigg fell ©Getty
For a quick and simple way to reach its summit, begin at the handy car park high on the fell’s northern side, from which it’s a short amble to the top with excellent views down over Keswick, Derwent Water and on into Borrowdale. However, from a fitness point of view, it’s best to begin in the busy market town. Wander up the Cumbria Way, loop over Latrigg’s summit, then return via its elongated eastern slopes, working your way back through Brundholme Wood and along the noisy waters of the River Greta.
Latrigg, Lake District ©Alamy
1. Town to slopes
Leave Keswick and head north-east on the Cumbria Way, winding round the modest yet steep flanks of Latrigg to the lower, northerly slopes that separate it from Lonscale Fell.
2. Zig-zag to the top
About half a mile before you reach the car park at the base of Lonscale, take a path to your right, following it as it zig-zags southwards up to the summit of Latrigg.
3. Take a breath
Enjoy the views from the peak, which stretch over the famously scenic setting of Keswick, ringed by shapely fells (Cat Bells is particularly lovely) and bordered by the cold depths of Derwent Water. Once sated, head north-east then east on the paths that lead to the hill’s lower slopes.
4. River return
Follow the minor road to the south-west. After about 300m, turn left and wind down to and over the River Greta. Join the old railway line footpath, and continue on back into town.
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