Latterbarrow & Hawkshead

  • A worthy, if small fell with great views
  • Explore the streets and shops of Hawkshead
  • An interesting section of forestry

803′. Walking from Hawkshead always struck me as very limited with the hills a little distant and Esthwaite Water difficult to get at. Not totally true, as the ascent to Latterbarrow Monument is a very worthy short walk. Throw in some forestry and delightful views opening up down Esthwaite Water and this 4 mile walk takes on a satisfying purpose. Latterbarrow itself may only be 800 foot high but it does stand proud and isolated from any other high ground making it an interesting viewpoint whichever way you face.

Rather than return directly to Hawkshead from the summit I headed into the forest that leads to Claiffe Heights and Beatrix Potter Country – finding my way rather better than I did on my first visit. Breaking out from the forest there are some great views of Esthwaite Water and across to the Coniston Fells before the track landed me back at pretty Colthouse and the short walk back to Hawkshead. Latterbarrow is another of Wainwright’s outlying fells which geographically should be included in his main guide books….despite its rather meagre height.

Recommend: Spend time on the summit of Latterbarrow and start counting the number of summits that you can see, if not recognise. In particular wander over to the Lake Windermere slopes with excellent views over the Fairfield Horseshoe.

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Letterbarrow from Hawkshead map


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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 The English Lakes South East. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 353981. Turn left out of the car park on the B5286 and 50 yards down the road there is a path signposted in a north easterly direction which crosses the fields before meeting Loanthwaite Lane.
Height to Climb: 178ms (584 feet)
Terrain: The forestry section can be a little muddy but the detour to include it is certainly worthwhile.
Eating & Drinking: Hawkshead is built to provide every home comfort for the weary traveller - whoever you are there is a place for you. Mine is the Red Lion.
Similar Walks Nearby: An exploration of Little Langdale
Elterwater and the foot of Langdale
Beatrix Potter Country
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