We had an absolutely brilliant family walk today at Latrigg, just outside of Keswick.  It was wonderful for multiple reasons… free car parking, parking close to the summit, 360 degree views, glorious sunshine and snow!

We parked at the free car park at the end of the road from Applethwaite, at GR 281254.  There’s only space for about 15 cars, but on our return we saw that many more cars had parked along the side of the road.

Head out the back of the car park, going through the gate and then taking the path to the right, signed “Latrigg accessible path”.

The path itself is just about suitable for an all terrain pushchair (not a standard pushchair or pram).  It’s well maintained, with a gentle uphill gradient.

Follow the path as it steadily, but easily, winds its way upwards.  Shortly you’ll crest the ridge and be rewarded with amazing views of Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick, Derwentwater, Catbells and the higher fells.

The path takes a left turn, keep following it until you reach the bench at the viewpoint.  On a clear day the view is simple breathtaking.  Continue up the small hill behind you to the actual top, then drop off the back, veering left down a grassy track that will lead you back to the car in a loop.

We did approximately 1.5 miles in total, but spent quite a while on the fell, as the kids enjoyed playing snowballs, building snowmen and generally having loads of fun on the mountain!

Highly recommend this very accessible and easy walk up Latrigg.  It ranks up there as one of our family favourites, but the snow might’ve influenced us a bit!

If you have time, there’s a great playground in Fitz Park in Keswick and plenty of delicious pubs to refuel in.

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