Walk 179 – Lattrig from Keswick – 5.8 miles

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Lattrig seen from the start of Spoonygreen Lane

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! 

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

route image  Route:  From Keswick Tourist Information Office, head South East along St John’s Street, turning first left (North East) onto Station Street. At the end of Station Street turn right (East) onto Penrith Road/A5271. You will see a bridge over the river ahead to the left. Cross the road carefully and walk across the footbridge into Fitz Park. Turn left (West) and follow the riverside path. The river should be on your left-hand side. 500m along, look out for a sign for the BMX track. Turn right (North) here. After passing the football clubhouse and BMX track turn left (North West) to reach Brundholme Road. Turn right (East) and walk along the road, turning first left (North East) onto Spoonygreen Lane, signposted ‘Public Bridleway, Skiddaw 4 miles‘. The track follows the Cumbria Way uphill into Lattrig Woods followed by Bruntholm Woods and around the side of the hill. Ignore any footpaths to the right, including one with a marker post indicating the route to Lattrig summit at 265m elevation (you will come back down that way). After walking on the Cumbria Way for 2km you will arrive at a minor road. Turn right (South East) and walk through a small parking area. At the far end of the parking area go through a gate on your right signposted ‘Limited Mobility Path, Lattrig Viewpoint‘. The footpath contours the hillside, ascending gently to a bench at a fine viewpoint. The summit is 300m further along the path at 368m elevation, however is unmarked. To return, retrace your steps to the bench and for another 400m to a fork. Look out for a finger post pointing left which says ‘Public Footpath‘. Turn left (North West) and follow the path downhill. At a crossroads continue ahead (North West). The path zig zags down to re-join your uphill route at the Lattrig summit marker post which you passed earlier. Turn left (South West) and retrace your steps back to Keswick Tourist Information Office.


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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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