Latrigg from Keswick.

Start. Keswick (Brundholme Road Grid NY 267241).

Route. Spoonygreen Lane - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Brandholme - Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway (disused) - Briery - Keawick Station - Keswick (Brundholme Road).

Notes. Latrigg rising to the north of Keswick, it's partial wooded slopes guard what can only be described as sheep pasture, a wonderful grassy ridge sloping to the east, easy walking with stunning views across the Vale of Keswick and on down Borrowdale, at 1207ft a dwarf amongst giants, a dwarf with stunning views, a dwarf well worth the climb.

I've got Sue for company today, we parked at the junction of Brundholme Road with Spoonygreen Lane, the latter guided us to the wooded slopes of Latrigg. Passed the woods of Whinny Brow and Ewe How, on reaching Birkett Wood we left the main path, the steep climb that followed deposited us on the main path running across the upper slopes of Mallen Dodd, in turn this path guided us to the summit of Latrigg. Forced to leave the summit by encroaching crowds we headed east, passed through a field gate before descending easy slopes, a couple more gates allowed access to a narrow tarmac lane descending passed Brundholme, at the bottom of the hill we stepped onto the track bed of the disused Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway.

Easy walking back to Keswick followed, through delightful woodland we strolled, coppice trees cloaked the hillsides, evidence of an industrial past, Bow String Bridges carried us across the River Greta, passed the site of the once thriving Low Briary Bobbin Mill, 40 million bobbins a year left this tiny platform for export across the globe. Wooden walkways transported us above the river avoiding what was once a railway tunnel, we passed between concrete pillars supporting the busy A66, a splendid bridge voted best concrete structure of the century. Our homeward journey continued across the river yet again before reaching Keswick Station, from the station we accessed Brundholme Road to start the short walk back over tarmac to the waiting car.

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Seen from Spoonygreen Lane the jumble of hills to the west of Keswick, Causey Pike leading to Sail and Crag Hill, top centre Grasmoor with Grisedale Pike to the right.

The wonderful ridge of Cat Bells seen over Derwent Water.

Over Whinny Brow Wood Cat Bells and Maiden Moor rise from the waters of Derwent Water.

Views across the flat lands to the north of Keswick, dominating the horizon the hills above the Whinlatter Forest, Whinlatter, Lords Seat and Barf.

The Skiddaw massif seen from the slopes of Mallen Dodd.

Another stunning view across the Vale of Keswick, in sunlight Lords Seat and Barf with Bassenthwaite Lake to the right.

The summit of Latrigg welcomes you with this magical view across Keswick.

Dominating the views to the southeast, Helvellyn and the long run of the Dodds.

Dappled light on the Blease Fell face of Blencathra, our route follows this lovely grassy ridge off the fell.

Seen from the grassy ridge in the shot above, Bleaberry Fell and the cliffs of Walla Crag.

The wooded slopes of Latrigg seen from sheep pastures near Brundholme.

The River Greta.

Standing the test of time, one of many Bow String Bridges on this stretch of line.

Sue strides out, the track bed of the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway makes an excellent walking surface.

The heavily wooded slopes of Latrigg tumble to the banks of the meandering Greta.

Viewing hills to the west of Keswick between the pillows of the Greta Bridge.

The single arch of Calvert's Bridge backed by the wooded slopes of Latrigg.

Latrigg as seen from Brundholme Road.

Spoonygreen Lane our guide onto the fell, across the skyline the Skiddaw massif, Carl Side, Skiddaw and Little Man all seen from the comfort of the parked car.

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