Latrigg is one of the lowest fells in the Lake District but is a
popular climb because of 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.
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.
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, Latriggs only crags being hidden in the
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.
The top of the
fell is sheep pasture falling gently to the north and quite steeply to
Some stumps remain at the top of the southern slope as
evidence of past deforestation together with few small trees bent down
by the prevailing wind. A ditch and parapet run across the top.
The parapet was the base of a fence long since decayed and the ditch was
the source of the earth for its construction.
The view northward
is of the high grassy flanks of Skiddaw and Blencathra, impressive but
lacking detail. To the south the contrast is total.
over Keswick and down the full length of Derwentwater, the eye is drawn
to Borrowdale and the high fells of Central Lakeland.
horizon is a jumbled upheaval of peaks with many dear old friends
standing up proudly.
Commonly Latrigg is ascended from Keswick,
the route beginning along Spooney Green Lane near the old railway
station and then either making direct for the top or swinging north via
Threlkeld is another starting point, first crossing
the Glenderaterra Beck and then climbing up the east ridge.
easiest way is to park at the end of Gale Road from where the summit is
a simple 10 minute stroll on grass, the most accessible of all the 214
This car park is commonly used as the starting point
for the ascent of Skiddaw, although the purist will first climb Latrigg
from Keswick before setting foot upon its parent.
constructed path allows disabled access to the summit of Latrigg from
the car park.
routes near Latrigg