Latrigg and your need to know guide on the Wainwright


Wainwright Number:

Northern Lakes

OS Map:
Explorer map OL4

Latrigg is 368m high or 1207ft tall. 

This Wainwright is located in the northern Fells of the Lake District.

You can head up to Latrigg from parking in the car park at the end of Gale road. From here it is a short fifteen-minute walk to the top fo the Wainwright.

You will need Explorer map OL4.

Other Wainwrights that are close by to Latrigg include Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man, and Lonscale. 

At the top of Latrigg is little in the way of a marker point. Only the grassy mounds welcome you with the sheep grazing around the summit top. 

Facts about Latrigg the Wainwright

Firstly it’s safe to say that Latrigg is by far one of the best little fells for walking up in the Lake District. It’s a great Wainwright walk and although it’s pretty small on the list. It still holds some great views from the top. Which you’ll find out further below in this page.

So a few facts about the Wainwright of Latrigg. Firstly its parent peak is Skiddaw which stands to the north-west of Latrigg itself. From the fell, it looks a long way to get there but makes for a great Wainwright walk to Skiddaw and surrounding fells to.

Secondly, the Wainwright of Latrigg is recognised largely by its one single tree that stands prominently on the top of the fell, just off of the south of the top. It’s seen from the A66 as you head towards Keswick. When you notice it, it’s hard to unsee. It also makes for a good landmark for when you’re on the other Lake District mountains.

The summit of the fell of Latrigg is generally a large sheep pasture. It’s gentle slopes and grassy mound makes it perfect for the Herdwick sheep in the Lakes. This is very different from the rest of the Skiddaw Fells which are mostly rocky outcrops on the summits.

How high is Latrigg? (m/ft)

Little Latrigg comes in at a small 368m or 1207ft in the Lake District. It stands at position 206 out of the 214 Wainwrights in height order. But that doesn't mean that it's one of the least visited. In fact, it's one of the most popular, largely to the fact that it is so close to the town of Keswick.

Keswick is a bustling tourist town and thousands stay here each year. (Although that may differ in this year of 2020). Latrigg lies just north of the town and is in easy walking distance from Keswick. So it makes it a perfect starter Wainwright for everyone.

Where is Latrigg located?

So as I’ve mentioned Latrigg is located just north of the town of Keswick. It lies in the northern Lake District and is part of the Skiddaw range. It is very visible from the A66 that runs just south of this range of Lake District mountains.

To the east of Latrigg is the range of Blencathra. The Glenderaterra Valley is what splits these two ranges apart.

So how hard is this Fell to climb and which routes can you take?

This is one of the easiest of the Wainwright walks. It’s easy to walk up to the top of Latrigg. And for those who do struggle with mobility, there is a car park only about ten or fifteen minutes away from the top of Latrigg itself. What’s great about starting from Gale Road car park is that the walk to the top is of a small incline the whole way.

This car park on the end of Gale Road is used mostly as a starting point for the walk up to Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man but can be used however you wish. So it’s a great little option so that everyone can see the views that this little fell gives away.

The main route that heads up to Latrigg, however, is from Keswick. It starts down Brundholme Road where there is plenty of on the side of the road parking. From here the route takes you up, Spooneygreen Lane. And then to the edge of the woods on the fellside of Latrigg.

The route is really clear and gets very steep pretty quick. But just keep heading straight up the path in front of you as it climbs through up the side of the fell. It will slowly start to ease off and there will then be a series of zig-zags for the remainder of the walk.

You’ll see the signs to the car park that I have mentioned as you near the top. But just keep heading up the path and it won’t be long until you reach the summit of little Latrigg. There is a single bench on the north-west of the Fell which makes for an epic vantage point looking out.

On the way back down you can follow the path leading over the top of the fell and down the slopes on the other side. Before taking a right turn and following the woods back to the start of the steep incline at the foot of the woods. This makes for a good round route, and the chance to see some red squirrel and deer in the process.

How long does it take to climb Latrigg?

To climb up Latrigg will take you around an hour at a steady pace to take in the views as you walk up. For a round route to the fell and back into Keswick, I’d say a few of hours would be about right. It makes for a good morning, or evening walk when you have less time on your hands.

Are the paths good climbing up?

The paths at the foot of the woods leading up steeply can be a little slippery after a lot of rainfall. But once you’re past this then it’s easy going the rest of the way. The paths are wide and clear. So there is little chance of getting lost. But take a little more time when heading back through the woods.

Some of the paths are blocked with fallen trees. But this is because of the forestry commission carrying out work here. They do this to keep the woods in a good condition so that they are healthy for years to come. And you’ll see signs of them being present in most of the woods around the Lake District.

Best parking for Latrigg starts

The best parking is either at Gale Road car park near to the top of Latrigg itself. Or as I have talked about you can start from Brundholme Road in Keswick too.

Besides that, you can park anywhere in Keswick itself and simply walk to the road above to start your walk from here. It will only be adding another fifteen or twenty minutes onto your Wainwright walk from the centre of Keswick, (one way).

Views looking across the Lake District from Latrigg
Views looking across the Lake District from Latrigg

What is at the summit of Latrigg?

At the top of Latrigg is a grassy mound with little else except a few tree stumps on the south side. This is from the previous deforestation. There is little in the way of a trig or cairn to truly mark the top of Latrigg. But you’ll get the best of the views from the south side looking down towards Derwent Water.

What are the views from the top of one of the smallest Wainwrights?

The views to the east are that of the rest of the Skiddaw range which from this angle match that of the views to the west. Here you will see the slopes leading up to the bold Blencathra. But in both of these directions, although large masses to be seen of other Wainwrights. The detail of their structure is lacking from Latrigg.

Therefore, the views to the south looking towards Derwent Water and Borrowdale are by far the best from anywhere on Latrigg. Alfred Wainwright quoted a beautiful phrase below and says it much better than I ever could.

A panorama of crowded detail, all of it of great beauty: indeed this scene is one of the gems of the district...The far horizon is a jumbled upheaval of peaks, with many dear old friends standing up proudly.” Alfred Wainwright

Looking towards the south-east, south, and south-west you'll see the following on a clear day. The likes of the Helvellyn range and Catstye Cam, along with Fairfield too. Then move central down the valley is the Langdale Pikes and Scafell Massif. And then make your way around to the west are the likes of the Newlands Valley Horseshoe. This includes Catbells, Dale Head, and Robinson.

I would have to agree with Alfred Wainwright and say that it really is one of the beauties of the Lake District. And a view that should be on everyone's list to see. So when you're next in Cumbria, and if you haven't been up Latrigg before. Then make your way there for sure. You won't be disappointed even on the murkiest of days.

Which OS map do you need to climb

The ordinance survey map that you will need to hike up Latrigg is OL4. The northwestern map in the Lake District. This will clearly show the routes which you can take and also guide you to the parking that I have suggested as well.

Equally, you can buy and study Alfred Wainwrights book number five of his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Again he has written and drawn the routes that you can take. Along with information on the fell and his added charm along the way.

Where to stay, B&Bs, Campsites, etc.

The best place to stay around this Wainwright walk of Latrigg is Keswick. It is a bustling little town that holds plenty of accommodation to suit all needs. There is also Low Briery on the outskirts of Keswick (just off of the A66) that has lodges, caravans, and flats that you can stay in while here.

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