This is a lovely walk that takes in a hidden valley and some stunning craggy scenery, covering about 10 miles. It is perfect for guests at our self catering cottages in Threlkeld or Keswick and is also suitable for experienced mountain bikers! The photos used were taken earlier in the year, but the colours during Autumn are spectacular.
The best place to start from is Threlkeld, where you can decide whether to walk clockwise or anticlockwise. It is also possible to walk from Keswick, adding an extra couple of flat miles to your route.
Start by heading along the railway line until you reach the halfway hut, where you will find a magnificent view of Blencathra, and a gate, signposted for Latrigg. Turn left to walk uphill until you reach the gate onto Latrigg (Signed Skiddaw 4 miles). You can choose to walk to the summit (keep straight on) for fine views over Keswick and Derwentwater or keep to your right and follow the lower track.
On reaching the Latrigg carpark, bear to your right and follow the path along the wall, as if to walk up Skiddaw. When the path forks, follow it to the right and down hill slightly, reaching a bend where water cascades across the path. Now it is just a simple case of walking uphill and turning along the side of Lonscale Fell and into the Glenderaterra Valley.
As you cross through the final gate, the path narrows and crosses several natural rock steps. If you are walking with children, or bravely tackling the route on two wheels, then please be warned that the path has a very steep drop to the valley floor!
Along this scenic terrace you can see your return route on the opposite side of the valley beneath Blease Fell, the western extension of Blencathra. All that is needed is to walk along the sides of Lonscale Fell until the path forks right. Cross the valley and return along the other side, on a wider path where you can take in the glorious view of Lonscale Fell.
Follow the path to its end where you will find yourself at the Blencathra Centre. From here, it is just a simple stroll down the road into Threlkeld for refreshments at The Horse and Farrier or The Salutation.