Height: 244 metres / 800 feet Grid reference: SD 36722 99098 Category: The Outlying Fells
We have been away for a couple of weeks to sunnier climes so today was the day to spring the two heroes from holidays at the kennels. We kept the walk short and sweet to suit young Fletcher and it was really quite warm up there today. It was hard to believe how much Fletcher has grown over the last couple of weeks whilst Dougal seems to have shrunk due to another summer haircut!
On this, the shortest day of the year, it was surprisingly mild at a heady 9C. Normally we would be in the depths of winter and have a bit of snow around. Of course it is still there on the higher tops, it was just that I couldn’t see it today. There were some interesting conditions to be observed from lowly Latterbarrow though with the low lying mist hanging in the valleys and across Windermere.
It was another superb morning this morning so Connie and I had a walk to Latterbarrow above Hawkshead. We stopped at a few places on the journey and all the waters were frozen including Windermere which had a good covering of ice. The smaller waters, Esthwaite and Tarn Hows are still completely frozen and the high fells look to have a fresh covering of snow.
It was warm today and really Spring-like, so much so that I only wore a t-shirt (and trousers of course!) for a quick jaunt up to Latterbarrow where the views were as good as ever from this lowly fell which seems to be surrounded by the higher ones. As we head out of winter, I am on a mission now to get into lightweight gear as I am fed up with carting round all my existing heavy stuff. First on the list today was a new rucksack, so it is out with the old 30 litre North Face one and in with an OMM 20 litre Adventure Light. That just means I have to get more compact gear to fit in it now…
It wasn’t a fantastic day for views or photos, but that is how it is sometimes. The clouds were down and earlier there was heavy snow in Bowness and it could clearly be seen on the high fells. It was certainly wintery on lowly Latterbarrow with a very cold wind, which meant no hanging around as we were trying to dodge the worst of the weather.
It was a lovely clear morning this morning so we had a family trek up to another great viewpoint with small stature, Latterbarrow which is situated just outside Hawkshead. The large obelisk on the summit of Latterbarrow is clearly visible from Hawkshead and it makes an inviting target. As we walked, the snow clouds gathered overhead and gave us a few flurries.
Latterbarrow is described in Wainwright’s Latterbarrow chapter in his book ‘The Outlying Fells of Lakeland’, page 84.