Latterbarrow from Hawkshead

Latterbarrow is a very popular little fell close to Hawkshead, in fact if you stand at the entrance to the car park and look north east you can just about see the tall beacon that sits on its summit. Even on a cold but bright March weekday there was a steady stream of people on the fell and wandering the forestry plantations of Claife Heights behind it.

The walk starts at the only car park in Hawkshead, and takes to the roadside for a short distance. You are quickly off what might be described as the main road, onto a minor country lane that zigzags through the hamlet of Colthouse. A little further along the road it is left to climb steadily through a rough field and to the access land. Despite being a short little fell the path gets quite steep and climbs stone pitched steps. Don't forget to look behind you as the view has opened out considerably. The summit area of Latterbarrow is a bumpy plateau crowned by a tall beacon. It's said to be a memorial but there is no plaque, and no-one can remember to whom, or any other reason why it's there. The return is made by descending away from Hawkshead to wander a clear path through the plantations to a track. Once on the track it's quite an easy walk to gradually swing back to the village.

Hawkshead is well known for its associations with Beatrix Potter, otherwise known as Mrs Heelis to locals and breeders of Herdwick sheep. Less well known perhaps, is that a certain Mr William Wordsworth studied at the village grammar school which prepared him for going on to St John's College, Cambridge.

There is a Lake District National Park Authority pay and display car park on the southern edge of Hawkshead.