Keswick - Latrigg Fell - Keswick

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Skiddaw dominates Keswick from the north and Latrigg, on its southern slopes, has been called 'the cub of Skiddaw', as if lying at its feet. Its ascent is a popular climb and there is a well-made track all the way up with no stiles at all.

I did see a family with a buggy on the summit and if you were to return by the way up instead of completing the whole walk this is a good option, although I have no idea how strenuous it would be. If you can manage a few stiles then a buggy could be taken the whole way.

The descent is mostly very gradual and the return along the bed of the old railway is a delightful riverside walk.

Please note the comment about storm damage to the railway path and bridges. The trackbed and bridges have now been fully repaired, after a £5m project.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West


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05/07/2020 - John Webb

There is now a signposted diversion through Brundleholme Woods.

17/04/2018 - Jim Grindle

It is still not possible to finish this walk as no start has been made on replacing the bridges. A couple of points that might help, though. In April 2018 a group of my friends did the walk in the reverse direction from Keswick, leaving the old railway line to join the walk at Waypoint 16; they said that this section was now clear. Secondly, I have put a new walk on the website, also going in the reverse direction, with some changes at the start and a slightly different way off the summit. Most importantly, it goes through Brundholme Woods which is much more challenging then the usual routes up - depends if you like a challenge! Check out Walk 8121. Jim Grindle.

28/06/2016 - Steve Waldron

The return to Keswick along the old railway is closed due to Storm Desmond damage. Two bridges have been destroyed, a third badly damaged and several hundred metres of the path has been washed away. Estimated to take 18 months and £5,000,000 to repair. Best to return to Keswick by taking the old narrow road at Waypoint 16, this road is also closed, several large areas of damage due to landslides, but passable with care.

17/08/2009 - Garrie Butterton

15/08/09 Garrie Butterton: What a lovely walk and the views are fantastic. Really enjoyed it.

18/08/2008 - Stephen Harris

An awesome walk for a day when the higher fells are inaccessible. This walk takes you quite high up onto the fells but without the worry of a mountain challenge. The views of Skiddaw and Keswick are spectacular and the descent is the best ever steady grassland walk down to reach the old railway line. The railway part drags on for 'ages' but is very pleasant and easy. There is a lovely boardwalked section and the old station is interesting... Waypoint 15, trees have changed (WW picture updated). A perfect Grindle walk. 10/10.

12/08/2007 - AVRIL LOWE

Great walk, very easy and thoroughly recommended, wonderful views without too much effort!

06/05/2007 - Colin Butler

A splendid walk offering spectacular views.

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