Latrigg via Brundholme Wood.

Start. Keswick (Brundholme Road).

Route. Keswick - Spoonygreen Lane - Whinny Brow - Brundholme Wood - Brundholme - Latrigg - Mallen Dodd - Spoonygreen Lane - Keswick.

Notes. I committed a cardinal sin today, set out without map and compass, left them stranded on the kitchen table. I was driving into a grey dawn, persistent drizzle washing the windscreen, already at Grasmere I'd gone too far to go back and it was too early for the shops in Keswick to be open. With cloud kissing the high fells I needed another plan, this was it. Hidden deep in the memory of my GPS was a short walk I'd put there but ignored for years, today I would dredge it up. An ascent of Latrigg via Brundholme Wood, after all the railway path is closed, my choice and many other peoples for an ascent of Latrigg's east ridge.

I parked at the foot of Spoonygreen Lane, said lane guided me over the A66 passed Spoony Green, to be greeted by a way-mark inviting me on the Brundholme Wood Circular, sounds like a bus route. I turned right, I may not want the circular path but at the moment it was heading in the right direction.

Through mixed woodland I wandered, forest paths guiding me ever further east, a few wrong turns were quickly righted by a high pitched screech from the GPS, I soldiered on eventually reaching a path junction, a finger-post promised this was the path up Latrigg. An easy climb through sheep pastures followed before cresting the summit.

The top may not have a lot to offer, no craggy outcrop just grass and sheep, a fell without attitude, but what it lacks in character it easily makes up for in wide breath-taking vistas, beautiful views down the length of Borrowdale. Once I'd had my fill the main trod guided me north to Mallen Dodd and a green path descending a ridge to access a stoney bridleway, this I descended to Spoony Green before re-tracing my steps of earlier.

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Brundholme Wood.

A gap in the trees allows us to see Robinson rearing up out of the Newlands valley.

Over Keswick the wooded mound of Castle Head.

Derwent Water backed by Maiden Moor.

Clear of the tree cover looking to the cliffs of Castlerigg Fell with Bleaberry Fell top right, to the left Helvellyn.

Clough Head seen from Brundholme Wood.

Autumn views over Brundholme Wood, dark on the skyline Bleaberry Fell with the cliffs of Walla Crag to the right.

Fading into the distance, Cat Bells and Maiden Moor backed by dark bulk of Hindscarth and Robinson.

Ascending Latrigg's east ridge looking to Blease Fell and the deep cleft of the Glenderaterra Pass.

A lone walker drinks in views from Latrigg's grassy summit, far left with a few knobbles on the top Causey Pike, right a bit Crag Hill, right a bit more Grasmoor, the notch in the skyline being Coledale Pass with Grisedale Pike rising to the right.

Stunning views over High Rigg and St John's in the Vale to the Helvellyn massif.

Another amazing view from Latrigg, Keswick and Derwent Water, to the left Bleaberry Fell and the sylvan face of Walla Crag.

I'm on the 1207ft contour proving you don't have to climb very high for an awe-inspiring view.

Looking to Bassenthwaite Lake across the flat lands to the north of Keswick.

Skiddaw and it's lieutenants, from left to right, Dodd, Carl Side, kissed by cloud Skiddaw and Little Man.

A final look over Keswick before disappearing below the tree line.

Descending Spoonygreen Lane en route to Keswick.

Back at the car looking to Latrigg, not very high but the views will blow you away.

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