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A Walk To Latrigg
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Map of the walk
Start:
Applethwaite
Start (OS ref):
NY280253
Map (1:25,000):
Parking:
Roadside car park
Distance:
1.5 miles (2.4 km)
Time:
1 hour
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
120 metres
Hazards:
None
Refreshments:
Keswick
Route Map:
Summary: Just about the easiest walk in Lakeland if you start it from the car park at the top of Applethwaite Lane. After a tough day on saturated fells the day before this was the perfect medicine. The walk around the top of Latrigg gives great views of Keswick and awesome views of Skiddaw. A walk for everyone, young, old and there is even an easy access path for the less mobile. Fantastic.


The Story of the Walk:

The Skiddaw Fells
The easy mobility path to Latrigg Top
The Skiddaw Fells
The easy mobility path to Latrigg Top

This is one for the kids, one for the elderly, even one for the wheelchair because to their credit the National Park Authority have laid out a low mobility path to the summit point of Latrigg which allows all to access the lovely viewpoint that looks right over Keswick and Derwent Water. OK, the low mobility visitors will have to return by the same path but I still recommend they all do it. The view is worth it. I did the walk on a last morning in the Lake District before returning to North Yorkshire. It was very short but I enjoyed it.

Keswick, Derwent Water and the Newlands Fells as seen from Latrigg
Keswick, Derwent Water and the Newlands Fells as seen from Latrigg

The start is at the car parking area on the Skiddaw access road above Applethwaite. Through a couple of stile gates and the path is laid out in front of you, clearly marked. simply follow it round the high circular of west facing Latrigg to reach the south facing viewpoint. Now stop and dwell with the views all encompassing before returning whence you came or like me by following the track north east to a wood and then north west back to the car park.

Looking east to Great Mell Fell
Looking west to Carl Side
Looking east to Great Mell Fell
Looking west to Carl Side

All round the walk the views are of the surrounding fells are great, especially the ones of the Skiddaw Range. It made me feel like climbing it there and then but I didn't have the time. For me today this was a very short, very easy walk on to the summit of Latrigg, the small mountain that looks over Keswick. A blessed job.

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