Latrigg-Keswick

Latrigg-Keswick

Latrigg-Keswick:

The Lake District in northwest England is known for its breathtaking mountain scenery and charming villages.

One of the most popular short hikes in the Keswick area is the ascent up Latrigg.

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At 1,207 feet, Latrigg offers panoramic views of the surrounding fells and lakes, without requiring a strenuous full-day hike.

To start the hike, head to the Keswick Leisure Centre car park off the A591.  From here, head north and look for the path leading up Latrigg on your left. The trail starts off relatively gradually as you walk through fields and sheep pastures. After about a half mile, the ascent gets steeper as you climb up the western side of Latrigg.

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As you make your way up, be sure to pause and enjoy the ever-expanding views over Keswick and Derwentwater Lake. On a clear day, you can see as far as Bassenthwaite Lake to the north. You’ll also spot Skiddaw towering in the distance. The hike takes most people around an hour to reach the summit.

At the top, you’ll find a bench where you can take a well-deserved break. 

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From here you can see a full 360-degree panorama. To the north lies Keswick, Derwentwater, and Bassenthwaite Lake.

The mighty Skiddaw dominates the skyline to the north. To the east, you’ll see the fells of Blencathra and Helvellyn.

And glancing south, you’ll take in the vista over Newlands Valley and Catbells. Spend some time at the summit soaking in the scenery.

When you’re ready, retrace your steps back down Latrigg. The descent goes quickly and you’ll be back in Keswick before you know it. Refresh yourself at one of the local pubs with a pint and pub meal.

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The hike up Latrigg makes for the perfect half-day outing in the Lake District. It offers big views and a great leg stretch without requiring an entire long day on the fells. 

 

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