Latterbarrow, from Outgate / Hawkshead

Latterbarrow is a lovely easy outlying fell to climb with the family.  We started from Outgate, parking for free in a layby at GR 365998 on OS map OL7.  You could alternatively start from Hawkshead village centre (although the parking can be quite pricey).  I’ve shown the two routes on the map included in the photos at the bottom of this blog.  We did the red route, out and back, but I’ve also shown the blue route from Hawkshead.

Once parked up, walk down the road a couple of hundred metres until you get to the Outgate Inn.  Turn right just before the pub onto a well signed footpath.  Follow this across two fields until it comes to a road.  Turn left and go along the road for about 800 metres until you get to a T junction.  Turn left here and the footpath up to the top of Latterbarrow is just on your right and clearly signposted (GR363992).

The walk up is only short, but is a little steep and a little slippery in places, but was managed perfectly well by our 5 year old.  And even our 2 year old gave it a good go before being carried in the sling.  It’s not too much of a climb and before you know it, the hill is levelling out.  You’ll see the large monument to the right.

The top of Latterbarrow offers some gorgeous 360 degree views of the surrounding area.  And on days like today, where the sky was pure blue, it is absolutely stunning!

The kids raced back down as we were headed to the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory in Hawkshead village for a friend’s birthday party!  We love this little place.  The children made (and ate!) lots of chocolate whilst we had 45 minutes to relax with a coffee!

After a little play in the park we headed to The Kings Arms Hotel in Hawkshead village.  It was a lovely relaxed place, nice grub and friendly staff.  Although please note they stop serving food at 2.30pm today.  I’m not sure if this is every day or just today.

The Queen’s Head was actually our first choice of food.  We’ve been before and love it in there, but they were about to serve a group of 40 guests so couldn’t accommodate us for a while.  Highly recommend it in there.  There are also plenty of cafes in the village centre if that’s what you’d prefer.

Total distance today was 3 miles, and this is about the same whether you start the walk from Outgate or Hawkshead.  It took us 2 hours, without too many stops today.

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