Walk 179 – Lattrig from Keswick – 5.8 miles

At 368m (1207ft), Lattrig is one of the lowest fells in the Lake District. However the views from the summit are unrivaled and that’s what makes it such a popular climb. It is also a Wainwright, which gives it that added sprinkle of glitter! This route takes you steeply uphill through both Lattrig and Bruntholme Woods before an easy ascent to the Viewpoint. Well worn paths and excellent signage leave little chance of taking a wrong turn! 


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parking available icon  Suggested parking area: Central Car Park, Heads Road, Keswick (CA12 5DN)

route image  Route: Walk starts from Keswick Tourist Information Office, Market Square. From here head along St John’s Street, turning immediately left onto Station Street. At the end of the street turn right onto Penrith Road. Cross carefully and head over the footbridge across the River Greta and into Fitz Park. Turn left and follow the riverside path along a short distance, turning right at the far side where you see a sign for the BMX track. After passing the football clubhouse and BMX track turn left to reach Brundholme Road. Turn right and walk along the road, taking your first left onto Spoonygreen Lane, signposted ‘Public Bridleway, Skiddaw 4 miles‘. The track takes you uphill into Lattrig Woods followed by Bruntholm Woods. Continue straight ahead, ignoring any footpaths to the right, including one indicating the route to Lattrig summit. You will arrive at a minor road. Turn right and at the end of a small parking area go through the gate on the right waymarked ‘Limited Mobility Path, Lattrig Viewpoint‘. The footpath contours the hillside to reach a bench. The summit is a little further along the path at 368m, however is unmarked. To return, retrace your steps to the bench then shortly after take a turning on your left marked ‘Public Footpath‘. This path zig zags down to re-join your uphill route. Turn left here and retrace your steps back to the start.

Lattrig seen from the start of Spoonygreen Lane
As we climbed through the woodland views over the Newlands Valley started to open up. Here you can see the visible footpath on Catbells with the Derwentwater at it’s foot.
This is the first place I have ever been where the sheep do not run away from you when you approach them! They must be so used to people that they don’t even bat an eyelid. Somewhere hidden amongst that low cloud the mighty Skiddaw rises (931m / 3054ft), waiting for me to climb it… one day!
Looking back onto the Lattrig Viewpoint. What a place! At 325m above sea level it goes to show that you don’t need to climb high to be rewarded with scenic views.


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