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" Latrigg with Jo and Jen "
Date & start time: Tuesday 3rd September 2013, 12.15 pm start.
Location of Start : Spooney Green Lane, Keswick, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 267 241 )
Places visited : Latrigg, Brundholme and back via Low Briery and the old railway track.
Walk details : 5.8 mls, 1250 ft of ascent, 3 hours 45 mins.
Highest point : Latrigg. 1,203ft - 368m
Walked with : Jo, Jen, Ann and the dogs, Jodie, Amber, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine and summer skies.
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Midweek and the sun is shining on the fells again.
We fancied a shorter walk today because of an evening commitment tonight,
but we still packed a light lunch to enjoy somewhere with a view ... Latrigg would do nicely.
Brilliant visibility today as we leave our cars at Spooney Green Lane on the outskirts of Keswick.
Grisedale Pike takes central stage in the view as we start today's walk.
Passing over the busy A66, though it is looking quiet at this moment in time.
North Western fells to the left, with the Skiddaw massif to the right.
A study in light and shade !
Jen is more prominent in the bright sunlight than Jo and Ann.
That's better . . . Jen, Jo and Roger.
Derwent Water comes into view as we pause for a chat by the signboard.
Hot enough for Bethan to seek shade in the bracken.
This way !
Ascending via the zig-zags, Skiddaw Little Man in the background
A glorious late summer day.
Latrigg may be modest in height, but the views are magnificent.
Keswick is below with Derwent water stretching out towards the high central fells.
The view in panorama mode.
Latrigg is a deservedly popular place on a fine, sunny day.
Just the place to sit and take in the view of Helvellyn and the surrounding fells.
We walked across the summit and make our way towards the eastern ridge.
Blencathra's slopes are to the left, Clough Head to the right and the two peaks of the Mell fells in the centre.
A stop for lunch . . . and Jo is taking time out to enjoy the view.
Our route onward and downward.
Harry and Bethan recognise two retrievers that they had met earlier.
We had passed this couple before, at the start of the walk, as they had parked at Gale Road and done the same route as us but in reverse.
Heading down towards the old railway track.
The rocky buttresses of Clough Head are ahead with the Dodds Ridge continuing into the distance towards Helvellyn.
A pause to talk . . .
A short road section before we reach the old railway track
that will take us back towards Keswick.
The old Line-man's box which now houses information boards about the area and wildlife.
The River Greta
Blue waters under a blue sky.
Low Briery was the location of a large Bobbin Mill, one of many in the Lake District.
The abundant supply of local coppiced woodland timber, supplemented later on by more exotic woods brought in by train,
provided the raw material for the production of 'cotton reels' of all types. They were exported all over the world.
At its peak it was producing 40 million bobbins a year but eventually closed in 1958. The railway only outlived it by a further 14 years.
Past the old Bobbin Mill signs and straight on through the arch.
The old track bed enters a tunnel here
so they built a walkway a few years back to carry the path around the hill.
Below the wide span of the road bridge carrying the A66 over the Greta.
Houses nestle below, with Barrow and Outerside ahead mid-picture, adjacent to the distinctive
knobbly top of Causey Pike to the left.
Re-entering the town.
Passing the old railway station.
The large Station Hotel, now known as the Keswick Country House Hotel, has extended its lounge area to include the old waiting rooms.
I think this is where we came in . . . back at Spooney Green Lane
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, or my Samsung Mobile Phone.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
Panoramas created using Microsoft ICE Program.
This site best viewed with . . . a Keswick Theatre visit to round off this fine day.
Previous walk - 28th August 2013 - Dale Head to Buttermere Walk
Previous event - 1st September 2013 - The Loweswater Show 2013
A previous time up here - 29th March 2011 Lowe Alpine / Fishers Latrigg Walk (check out the lack of bracken)
Next walk - 7th September 2013 - 24 Peaks Water Aid ~ High Stile