Keswick to Latrigg is probably the most popular walk for families who visit the town, and yet it’s one that I hadn’t done despite numerous visits. So before setting out my plan to conquer the Wainwrights, I decided to have an impromptu trip and complete this classic Lake District walk.
Wainwrights number: 4
Date: Sunday, 21 May 2017
I’d like to thank Wainwright Routes for their guidance, it was a nice and easy stroll from Keswick up to Latrigg via Spoonygreen Lane, onto Cumbria Way and then zig-zagging up to the summit. The whole return route took me 1 hour 38 minutes to complete, which does include time admiring the views from the top. My fitbit says it was a total of 3.87 miles, and just under 10,000 steps.
It’s easy to see why this walk is so popular, with the town centre as the start and/or finishing point, can be done quickly – ideal if you’re only ‘passing’ – and is pretty easy to navigate your way there. It’s also part of the LDNP’s ‘Miles Without Stiles’, featuring a well-paved path from Underskiddaw Car Park to the summit.
For a relatively easy going walk you get some amazing views over Keswick, onward to Catbells, a bit of Bassenthwaite Lake and, depending on when you visit, you might even catch a glimpse of the gliding club (anyone know who they are?) underneath Skiddaw.
Here’s some of my snaps from Latrigg: