Fell top cafe on Latrigg


Yesterday on Easter Sunday, the annual fell top café was held on Latrigg, a small hill in Keswick. Latrigg is a lovely little family friendly fell and it is easily accessible from most of our self catering Lake District cottages in the area.

Although I have lived in Keswick for many years, I have not always been able to get to the café due to work commitments. Yesterday I was not due in the office till 1pm and the great thing about Latrigg is that you can easily walk to the top in less than an hour.

Felltop Cafe signWe decided we needed to work for our bacon sandwiches and took the steep path that starts on Spooney Green Lane. The path starts steadily from an area of Keswick known as Briar Rigg, crossing a bridge over the A66. You will come to a gate where you will often see hens strutting around. You can buy their free range eggs at the house on the left just before the gate.

After the gate the climb begins in earnest and rises sharply for the next quarter of a mile. You are however rewarded with lovely views over the vale of Keswick between Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite.

As the steep sections levels off, the views really start to open out all around. The woods on the lower Latrigg slopes have recently been felled and this has revealed a magnificent view that has not been seen for years.

View from LatriggThere are two choices of route to the top at the end of the felled wood. We continued to the small carpark on Gale Road to stay out of the biting wind. From the car park there is a small climb to join the main path to the top. The beauty of going this way is that you stay out of the wind and although you have turned your back on the view, when the Coledale fells finally appear over the crest of the hill, they look even more splendid than they did at the start of the walk.

Latrigg Felltop CafeThe rotary club were doing a grand job of grilling bacon and sausages, and frying eggs to order despite the biting wind that was threatening to blow away the napkins and bread rolls.

My dad and I tucked in to a delicious bacon sandwich each whilst Rosie wolfed down a sausage. As we sat on the grass in the sunshine, a simple bacon sandwich tasted like the absolute best thing ever.

Mountain biking on LatriggAfter a cup of tea and a few photos, we made our way down the back of Latrigg towards Threlkeld. There were plenty of people out in the spring sunshine – walkers, bikers and even some horse riders. The fellside eventually meets with a road that leads down to the old railway line from where there is a straightforward walk back to Keswick.

For more walk suggestions, visit our Lake District Walks page.