Lake District Walk
Latterbarrow from Hawkshead
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Walk Route Description
This relative small Lakeland fell occupies a wonderful position close to Hawkshead. Topped by a large stone column or obelisk the summit area offers grandstand views of a wide panorama of higher fells that also includes Lake Windermere.
The start of this Lake District circular walk is the main car park in the busy village of Hawkshead (grid ref. SD353980). Exit the car park and walk to the bypass. Turn left along this road and after approximately 200 metres take the signed footpath on the right. This leads down to open country. Reaching a junction of paths (grid ref SD354985), continue straight ahead to exit into Scar House Lane. Bear left and then almost immediately right along the signed path crossing fields to reach Loanthwaite Lane (grid ref. SD356991). Turn right along this quiet country byway to a T-junction.
Turn left along the lane and after a short distance go right along a signed path to enter the lower slopes of Latterbarrow. Always impatient to get to the top, I took the first clear path on the left to make a direct ascent of Latterbarrow, soon arriving at the summit with its superb obelisk (grid ref. SD367991). It was sadly one of those days when the clarity of light was poor but the view was still impressive.
Leave the summit in a southerly direction towards the conifer trees (there was some felling of trees in progress in 2009 so they may have disappeared when you walk the route). You will find a stile (grid ref. SD367988). Cross this, bear left and continue on the clear path which leads in a great arc to a bridleway (grid ref. SD372985). This section is also subject to some felling of trees. Reaching the bridleway, turn right along this and descend to the road between Colthouse and Gillbank. Turn left along the road and almost immediately right down another lane.
After a short way take the signed footpath on your left. This well-signed path leads you across Scar House Lane to a junction of paths passed earlier in the walk (grid ref. SD354985). Turn left here and retrace your steps back to Hawkshead.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2053 Claife Heights from Near Sawrey - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Walk 3320 A Grizedale Tarn circular - easy - 2.5 miles/4.1 km
Walk 1217 Dow Crag & the Old Man of Coniston - mod/hard - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 1761 Tom Heights and Tarn Hows from Coniston - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3028 Tarn Hows & Tom Gill from Coniston - easy/mod - 6.5 miles/10.6 km
Walk 3220 Wetherlam from Coniston by Red Dell - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 3697 Loughrigg Fell from Skelwith Bridge - easy/mod - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 2033 Wetherlam from Tilberthwaite - moderate - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 3590 Orrest Head & Allen Knott from Windermere - easy - 4.4 miles/7.2 km
Walk 3638 Satterthwaite Bridge Circular - easy - 3.2 miles/5.2 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Walking the Lake District Fells - Keswick
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Walking the Lake District Fells - Patterdale
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