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Part of one of the most popular walking routes in the Lake District, Latrigg Fell is a hit with both locals and visitors alike. A gentle walk that starts with an increasing incline, this walking route is more than suitable for most family members and those new to fell hiking. Featuring spectacular views of Keswick, Derwentwater and the rest of the region from its summit, it makes for a wonderful place to experience the best that this beautiful region has to offer.

A Walking Guide to Latrigg Fell

If you’re staying in Keswick and are thinking about making your way to the top of the fell, then we’d highly recommend following this simple guide. Remember, even though this is a well-travelled route, it’s always recommended to bring a map and compass with you, or at least a mobile device with these capabilities.

Latrigg Fell – Step-by-Step Guide

1. From Moot Hall, leave the market square by the Royal Oak pub, turning left onto Station Road and making your way uphill. Upon reaching the crossroads, continue straight over, following the sign for ‘Fitz Park, Museum & Art Gallery and Leisure Pool’. (This is still Station Road)

2. After crossing the river, continue past the entrance to Fitz Park and continue up the road until you reach the corner with Brundholme Road. Instead of following the road to the right, continue forwards on the path that cuts past the Keswick Leisure Pool.

3. After passing by the Keswick Leisure Pool, continue forwards past the car park until you reach the roundabout. Here, take a left up Brundholme Road.

4. Continue along Brundholme Road for around 300 metres until you reach the junction with Spooneygreen Lane. Note that this turn-off isn’t aptly signposted for Latrigg, instead being signposted for “Skiddaw”. However, it is the only left turning you’ll come across and consists of a dirt track rather than a paved road, making it easy to spot from the road.

5. Turn right onto Spooneygreen Lane and continue uphill along the public bridleway over the bridge and through a gate. Continue along this route ignoring any paths leading off to the right until you reach the ascending path towards Latrigg.

6. The path climbs steadily through Latrigg Woods, and eventually becomes less steep as it opens out. Look to your left for fantastic views of Keswick below!

7. Continue on this path through a gate, leaving Latrigg Woods behind you. From the gate, look back and on a clear day you may be able to see Scafell Pike in the distance above the trees.

8. Carry on the same track, ignoring the entrance to Gale Ghyll Woods on your left. To the left you will see the vastness of Skiddaw massif. The summit is usually covered in cloud, but hopefully the weather is kind and allows for a good photo opportunity.

9. Continue on until you see a signpost for Latrigg Fell summit on your right – 3/4 miles from here. Turn right and follow the path as it zigzags up the slopes of Mallen Dodd.

10. At a gill you will note a signpost and will see the limited mobility path on your left. Ignore this path and continue along the summit ridge towards the summit itself.

11. Pass a wooden bench on your right (or take a well-earned rest!) and continue to the highest point – welcome to the summit of Latrigg Fell!

12. Return the same way.

Latrigg Fell Walking Route Map

Latrigg Fell – FAQs

What can I see from the summit?

Behind you is the formidable Skiddaw massif – including Carl Side, Long Side, Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man. Below sits Keswick and Derwentwater looking towards the Newlands Valley. To the right side of the water you will see the famous ‘humps’ of Catbells. Not only that, but if you manage to get up there on a cloudy day, you’ll actually be ABOVE the cloud line at the summit, with nothing but blue skies above you and the surrounding peaks sticking out of the clouds. Trust us, this is a view you won’t forget any time soon!

How long does the walk take?

Typically, this walking route takes about one hour to reach the summit, making it one of the shortest and most beginner-friendly fell walks in the Lake District. However, it’s important to remember that this is just a rough guideline – Make sure to only try and tackle this walk at a pace that suits you!

What’s the distance?

The Latrigg Fell walking route is around 1.5 miles from start to finish.

Final Thoughts

If this walking guide has inspired you to choose this lovely town as your next holiday destination, then why not consider booking one of these holiday lodges in Keswick that’ll put you right in the heart of this charming village?