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Latrigg, Keswick

Latrigg is one of the lowest fells in the Lake District, but is a popular climb due to its convenient location overlooking the town of Keswick and the beautiful views down the valley of Borrowdale from the summit. It is the least mountainous of the Skiddaw fells, the summit being almost entirely devoid of rock. The slopes of Latrigg are partially wooded, and logging work is currently being undertaken. One lone tree just south of the summit is prominently viewed in silhouette when approaching Keswick from the west along the A66.
Latrigg is the most southerly top of the Skiddaw massif and of the Northern Fells as a whole. It takes the form of a rounded hump at the terminus of a long descending ridge, and would be unremarkable if not for its location. To the north of Latrigg summit is an unnamed depression at about 970 ft and rising beyond is a grassy rigg, climbing up to Jenkin Hill and the top of Skiddaw Little Man. Latrigg itself sends out a narrow ridge to the east, about a mile long and ending at Brundholm.
The fell is bordered by the two streams falling from the northern col. Gale Gill runs west to join the River Derwent between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. The unnamed eastern stream joins Whit Beck and then flows into the River Greta, bound again for the Derwent via Keswick.
The steep southern slopes are cloaked in the mixed woodland of Brundholme Wood and Whinny Brow, Latrigg's only crags being hidden in the trees. A public road from Keswick contours across this slope at around 600 ft, giving access to the farms of Lonscale and Brundholm. Further mixed woodland has been planted on the north eastern slopes above Whit Beck. To the north west, on either bank of Gale Gill, are the conifer plantations of Birkett Wood and Mallen Dodd. A single track road climbs up the slope beside the wood, giving access to a car park on the depression to the north of the fell.
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  • Well worth the relatively easy hike for the rewarding views over Keswick and the surrounding mountains. As with many local walks there are the plentiful tiny yellow wildflowers and beautiful foxgloves...  more »
  • An easy walk for a stunning view. Can be done from the car park in a short time......after tea! Or longer walk from the swimming baths. Not too high a climb but great views over Keswick. A walk I do o...  more »
  • My Favourite place on planet Earth! Looking down over Keswick and Derwentwater is my peaceful and spiritual place. It's a lovely walk from the town centre or you can park close by and it's only a short walk on a pathway to this point
  • Great walk to some really amazing views over Derwent Waters and Keswick. Park at the ‘under siddaw’ car park. Take the paths to the right, one way goes then to your left up a grassy path - this is steeper but is the most dramatic route as you come over the summit to see the lakes and mountains. You can take the gravel path which is to the right, longer but easier path takes you to the same viewpoint. It’s a circular walk. Not to hard a walk and is about 2.4km and takes about 45mins
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