Length 9 kilometres | Highest point 368 metres
Latrigg 368m, 1207ft, GR 279247
The three stunted trees on Latrigg’s grassy crown are a familiar landmark when approaching Keswick from the east. Although a low outlier of Skiddaw, it is in itself a popular hill and commands a wide panorama.
There are many approaches, of which the quickest is from the car park at the end of the Underscar road (15min) but the recommended ascent uses a wide path made popular by Peter Crosthwaite, one of Keswick’s first tourist guides.
Start at the Leisure Pool in Station Road, Keswick. From the rear of the pool turn left and walk along Brundholme Road for 400 metres past one road junction. Turn right into Spoony Green Lane and cross the A66 by a bridge. The path climbs up the side of the hill ahead.
After crossing the first stream, a choice of grassy paths leads up steeply through bracken on the right to reach the summit directly. For a more leisurely approach stay on the main track until 350 metres beyond the second stream crossing, a path doubles back to the right traversing the slope to reach the summit (3km, 278m, 1hr 15min). The record for the annual fell race from Keswick to this point and down again is less than 18 minutes!
The view is breathtaking. From Blencathra and the Pennines to the north-east, past St John’s in the Vale, Helvellyn, Bow Fell, the Scafells, the Newlands fells, round to Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw in the northwest.
And at your feet, the hillside drops away steeply to reveal all of Keswick with Derwentwater and wooded Borrowdale beyond.
There is a path which descends south steeply towards Keswick. An excellent alternative is to walk along the summit path to the wall. Go through the gate and take the path leading ENE down the gentle ridge to reach the narrow road end near Brundholme House. Either, go right along the road to the starting point or better still, cross the road and descend the gravel track past Brundholme House to the River Greta. A gate on the right leads onto the old Penrith-Keswick-Cockermouth railway line which is followed to the right alongside the river back to the start (9km, 2hr 45min).