Latterbarrow between Hawkshed and Windermere Lake.

Start. Wray Castle.

Route. Wray Castle - Low Wray Bay - Watbarrow Point - Epley Point - High Wray Bay - High Wray - Waterson Intake - Latterbarrow - Old Intake - Long Height - Scab Moss - Belle Grange Bay - Red Nab - Pinstones Point - Wood Close Point - High Wray Bay - Epley Point - Wray Castle.

Notes. Latterbarrow Fell stands with attitude and perspective between the Vale of Hawkshed and Windermere Lake, adorning it’s mere 803ft summit an elegant square obelisk, the purpose of this tall monument seems to have evaporated in the mists of time, it does mark an exceptionally good view point.

We stepped from the car into a hazy Lakeland morning, the hills shrouded and indistinct, rising in front of us though, clear but closed due to Covid restrictions Wray Castle, a Gothic mansion built in the 1840s, what better place to start a walk. After descending to the lake shore we turned south, a good path hugged the shore line. Round Watbarrow Point and Epley Point we wandered, after rounding High Wray Bay we turned our backs on the lake, ascending through rough pastures to access High Wray.

The single ribbon of tarmac that guided us through this quaint hamlet deposited us at a stoney track leading to Basecamp, a National Trust bunkhouse used to house volunteers. On reaching Basecamp we swung right, passed through a large gate before leaving the track, a narrow trod guided us over a stream through mixed woodland, a gate in the dry stone wall allowed access to the steep slopes of Latterbarrow. Slowly we climbed the hill, soon the obelisk marking the summit tilted into view, as good a place as any to stop for a brew.

Brew over we descended to the south turning left at the first path junction, we entered the woodland of Old Intake, which had mostly been felled. I’ve got this thing about walking through dense woodland, I always seem to go astray, it’s one of those never can get it right things. Well I had nothing to worry about, the paths were good, signed where necessary, all we had to know was our destination which was Belle Grange Bay.

With woodland paths and forestry tracks to guide us we soon found ourselves descending over an awkward pitch track to access the shore of Windermere Lake. A compacted gravel track runs along the lake shore, we followed this as far as the car park at Red Nab, here we joined a narrower trod still following the shore line, this delightful path lead back to Wray Castle and journeys end.

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Seen from Wray Castle, rising through a hazy morning the Langdale Pikes.

The impressive facade of Wray Castle.

Sylvan Wansfell Pike seen from Low Wray Bay.

Wonderful views from Watbarrow Point, the arms of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Viewing Epley Point and High Wray Bay.

High Wray Bay looking to Wansfell Pike.

Climbing to High Wray, looking back to Wansfell Pike with the bulk of Red Screes to the left.

The grey ribbon guiding us through the tiny hamlet of High Wray, ahead Latterbarrow.

Ascending the track to Basecamp looking back to Fairfield and Red Screes.

The summit Latterbarrow.

From the summit magical views to the Coniston massif....

....the unmistakable Langdale Pikes over Black Crag....

....and the massive bulk of Red Screes with the Pass of Kirkstone to the right.

Viewing Black Crag backed by Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes.

Before descending a final look to Coniston Old Man and it's lieutenants, Brim Fell, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Great Carrs.

Striding out through delightful airy woodland.

View taken up Windermere from Belle Grange Bay.

Wonderful views up Lake Windermere from near Red Nab.

Our guide back to Wray Castle.

From a conveniently placed bench near Red Nab views across the lake.

The remains of the jetty at Balla Wray with views across Windermere Lake to The Hundreds and Wansfell Pike.

From the jetty at Balla Wray views along the sylvan west shore of Windermere Lake.

Looking to Watbarrow Point backed by the steep wooded slopes of Wansfell Pike.

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