Latterbarrow from Black Fell

Latterbarrow seen from Black Fell. Windermere to the left, Esthwaite Water the right.

Summits: There is only one fell in the chapter. Latterbarrow is 803 feet above sea level.

Date bagged: First visit: 29th October 2013 (walk 76). Second visit: 23rd July 2016 (walk 114).

Latterbarrow summit

The obelisk on the summit of Latterbarrow

Bagged as number: First round: 232 of the 330. [ << Claife Heights (231)  (233-234) Scout Scar >> ]

Second round: 53 of 330. [ << Black Fell (52)  (54) Claife Heights >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: Came up on the path from the south, which allows a high-level link with Claife Heights. Descended to Hawkshead.

Second visit: Although not starting from Hawkshead itself (Black Fell having been climbed beforehand), I basically reversed my previous visit.

What Mr Wainwright says (on page 85 of volume 8): “Latterbarrow is well known by sight, if not by name, its elegant obelisk being prominently in view from Hawkshead and the Ambleside district. This bare hill, National Trust property, has been spared the forest encroachment from which so much of the west side of Windermere has suffered, and has a deserved reputation as a viewpoint.”

Wetherlam from Latterbarrow

View towards Wetherlam, from Latterbarrow

What I say: Damn deserved. Latterbarrow had a spectacular view, particularly for such a low-altitude fell. There is little other reason to visit it, so don’t trouble to haul yourself up it in rain or low cloud. But in other conditions it is certainly worth it. These feelings were confirmed by my second visit. The felled plantations on the south side were more noticeable the second time, perhaps as I had done the summit first: it probably is best to follow Wainwrights’ advice in the Latterbarrow chapter and do the walk he suggests anti-clockwise to leave the summit to last.

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2 Responses to “Latterbarrow”

  1. […] the west side of Windermere, using the ferry from Bowness then a walk up Claife Heights and on to Latterbarrow. The second summit made the effort worthwhile as it delivered a spectacular view: the picture here […]

  2. […] in 1862). It also took in three summits, Black Fell from Wainwright’s volume 4, and Latterbarrow and Claife Heights from the Outyling […]

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