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Keswick, Latrigg & the Old Railway

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  • Interesting path along the River Greta
  • Superb views from Latrigg in all directions
  • Easy walking throughout on good paths

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Update: 2 of the bridges over the river are presently closed, there is a diversion but the walk is not open at the moment

It was many years ago that the hordes of Victorian tourists rumbled in from Penrith on old steam trains which largely followed the present route of the A66. Although it was closed finally in 1972 and the tracks taken up what remains between Keswick & Threlkeld is an excellent cycling and walking path, populated by red squirrels and a myriad of bird life.

It was many years since I had walked the old railway line and it was a pleasant surprise, the powerful River Greta a constant companion with glimpses through the trees of Skiddaw, Blencathra and even the Helvellyn range. Doubling back over Latrigg (better than returning along the railway) is all about the pleasant underfoot terrain and outstanding views of Keswick and the Borrowdale Valley – it is simply superb. I dawdled on the summit with memories flooding back of my first (along with many others) successful climb aged about 3! It felt like a real mountain then.

Recommend: Take some time on the railway section reading up on the history of the railway and admiring the work involved in the deep cuttings through the hard Skiddaw rock.

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Keswick Latrigg map

 

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY 271238. Parking is available at the old station, near the leisure pool
Height to Climb: 271 ms (889 feet)
Terrain: The rail track is excellent and the walking over Latrigg pleasant and not eroded.
Eating & Drinking: Keswick of course has everything with a cafe in the old railway station an obvious option
Similar Walks Nearby: A short walk around Threlkeld
Derwentwater via Walla Crag
Bassenthwaite to Threlkeld
Places to Stay:

 

The Grange B & B, KeswickHedgehog Hill, Keswick




Comments

  1. Derek Browell says:

    Threlkeld to Keswick is a great walk for Toddlers ,prams and Grandpa’s…Penrith bus to Keswick and its easy peasy for 4/5 year olds…and Grandads with sciatica.Start at the Horse and Farrier.

  2. Jonathan says:

    Hi Ann, My reason is to be looking at the better views which are west and south so climbing the easy east ridge followed by the admittedly steeper descent does offer this. The old rail track is fine particularly if you have not done it, I know many who love its ease. Best Jonathan

  3. Ann Bowker says:

    I think you have done this walk the wrong way round leaving an unpleasantly steep descent on Spooney Green Lane at the end. I would always go up from the west with a descent down the gentle east ridge and back either on the rather boring railway footpath (much better done on a bike) or more interestingly through Brundholme Woods.
    Incidentally I think your uneroded comment is wrong since there is some quite spectacular water erosion near the east end of the Latrigg ridge.
    ATB
    Ann

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