Latrigg and Vale of Keswick

Latrigg and the Vale of Keswick, from Carl Side (walk 118)

Height: 1203 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells).

Latrigg summit view

Father and daughter on the summit of Latrigg. Great Mell Fell in the distance.

Date climbed: First visit: 4th January 2013 (walk 70).

Second visit: 24th November 2018 (walk 141).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 214 of 330. Originally, THE END of my first round of the ‘main’ Wainwrights. However, I subsequently went on to bag the Outlying Fells as well, so the numbering continues..
[ << Lonscale Fell (213(215) Orrest Head >> ].

Second round: 132 of 330. [ << Carron Crag (131)  (133) High Rigg >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Approached from the Gale Road car park, descended down the west slope of the fell back to Keswick.

Second visit: Came up via Spooney Green Lane from Keswick, up the path named as ‘Route A’ on Wainwright’s page Latrigg 5. Descended to the east, to Brundholme.

Atop Latrigg

Summit view atop Latrigg

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 9 of his chapter): “There is complete contrast between the northern and southern halves of the view [from the summit]. The northern, consisting of featureless slopes sweeping up to a high skyline, will hardly get a second glance unless the ling is in bloom, but to the south is a panorama of crowded detail, all of it of great beauty: indeed, this scene is one of the gems of the district. The roofs of Keswick are below, Derwentwater is set out just beyond, in its lovely entirety, and in the distance Borrowdale and the Newlands Valley are seen winding deeply amongst the sombre mountains….

Latrigg and Derwentwater

Latrigg, early morning; picture taken on walk 50, January 2012

“There is enough of interest in this charming picture to engage the attention for many hours, and Latrigg is a place to visit time and time again, for the scene is never quite the same but always fresh and exciting. The view is so much the best reason for climbing Latrigg that it is almost a pity to make the ascent on a day of poor visibility.”

What I say: Amen to that; Latrigg has some nice paths and woods but otherwise could be a little hill almost anywhere in the country. Set in a prime position among such wonderful real estate, however, it can’t fail in its appeal. As the last fell of the original 214 for me, the symbolism worked well, even if on the day I climbed there were a few too many clouds around to get the full effect, though the Keswick region was very well seen. A second visit suggests that it is well worth the minimal effort it is going to take to get up there from Keswick, but perhaps not much more than this — and not on a cloudy day. Note the old railway footpath, from Threlkeld to Keswick, along the fell’s base, is still closed after the floods in December 2015.

[ << Lank Rigg      Latterbarrow >> ]

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One Response to “Latrigg”

  1. […] to add to my total, walk 141 did indeed take place yesterday (24th January). Three fells bagged, Latrigg, High Rigg and Raven Crag: none of them very tall in themselves but there was plenty of climbing to […]

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