Hawkshead – A Walk over Latterbarrow
We visited Hawkshead in Cumbria for a weekend in late September 2016 to meet up with my Brother Jason and his fiancée Nicole. We stayed at The Croft Campsite just across the road from the town centre. We arrived on pretty wet and misty late Friday afternoon, our Jason and Nicole had already pitched their tent, thankfully we were in our motorhome “Jemima” which is a pretty apt name for this part of the world “Beatrix Potter” country.The weather and our motorhome would soon spur Jason and Nicole to change the tent for a new caravan called “Dave”.
We quickly hooked up and headed for the town and one of its four marvelous pubs. After trying them all a couple of times, we headed back to the van a bit worse for wear and collapsed in our bed, getting ready for our walk on Saturday over Latterbarrow and on to Near Sawrey.
The plan was to follow the route I’d uploaded to my GPS running OSmaps on my phone and have lunch in The Tower Bank Arms at Near Sawrey. Walking back to Hawkshead over Furness Fells and Hawkshead Moor, having a few drinks and a late dinner (providing we could get a table somewhere).
Unfortunately, the pub in Near Sawrey hadn’t opened when we got there so we decided to continue on with our walk and hopefully get back to Hawkshead and before two o’clock and in time for the lunch.
As we set off again I checked my phone’s GPS to notice the battery was about to give up the ghost, the annoying thing is, I have a dedicated GPS device which lasts for days, back in the van; perfect. So as the battery died we got a little lost and decided against crossing the fells back to Hawkshead, as we would not get back in time for lunch. We followed the road (thankfully the roads around here are very quiet),managing to get back to Hawkshead for lunch and a table in the Queens Head pub. The walk was still a good route even though we finished by following the road back to Hawkshead.There’s a killer climb out of Hawkshead up Latterbarrow, but once at the top the views over Hawkshead and Lake Windermere are spectacular and the trail down to Near Sawry is just picture perfect, passing by Wise Een Tarn and Moss Eccles Tarn, the walk:-
Distance 7.45 miles (11.98km) Time Approximately 2 hours 44 mins.
Elevation Lowest 214.24ft (65.30m) Highest 789.37ft (240.59m)
Total Accent 1521.33ft (463.70m)
Elevation Over Walk
Paths A mix of field paths, tracks and road back from Near Sawrey
Landscape Rich farmland, fells, moorland, forests, lakes and tarns with extensive view over Lake Windermere and Hawkshead from the top Latterbarrow.
Suggested OS Map OL7 – Explorer 1:25,000 scale Map of The Lake District: South-eastern area. Or download the OS Maps app to your smart phone and purchase the map for the Hawkshead area, the app is available for iOS from iTunes and for Android from Google Play.
Dog Friendliness As in most cases if there are livestock in any of the fields it’s suggested that dogs be kept on a lead, as for the pubs the four pubs if Hawkshead all allowed dogs.
Public Toilets There are public toilets in Hawkshead by the car park, 20p fee.
Where we Stayed We stopped for the weekend in our motorhome and stayed at The Croft Caravan Park
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(1) From the Caravan site entrance turn right on to the B5285 proceed for about 200 yards to (2).
(2) From the B5285 turn right down Black Beck Road and continue to (3).
(3) After crossing Black Beck turn left and follow the path to (4) for about 80 yards.
(4) Take the right hand path across the fields to Scar House Lane (5).
(5) Proceed up Scar House Lane for about 60 yard to (6).
(6) Cross the fields to Loanthwaite Lane (7).
(7) Turn right on to Loanthwaite Lane and follow to the junction (8).
(8) Turn left at the just and proceed up the hill for about 60 yards to (9) and the gate on the right.
(9) Proceed through the gate and start the climb up Latterbarrow to (10).
(10) At the top of Latterbarrow if you walk north for 100 yards or so, you can get great views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding areas. From the top of Latterbarrow proceed down to (11).
(11) Turn left and follow the path through the woods and onto (12).
(12) Turn left and follow the path to (13).
(13) Turn right and follow the track to (14).
(14) Turn right and continue to follow the track, after about 900 yards you will pass Wise Een Tarn on your right, keep following the path to (15) and Moss Eccles Tarn.
(15) From Moss Eccles Tarn continue along the path to Stones Lane (16).
(16) Continue down Stones Lane into Near Sawrey (17).
(17) Turn right onto the B5285 and proceed for about 100 yards t0 the junction on the left next to Sawrey House car park (18). There’s a pub in the village Tower Bank Arms, which is turn left at 17 for about 50 yards.
(18) Turn left down the lane and follow to the fork in the road (19).
(19) Take the right-hand fork sign posted to Hawkshead Lakeside and follow the lane skirting the bottom of Esthwaite Water to the fork in the road (20).
(20) Turn right, following the sign-post to Hawkshead, Conniston and Ambleside, to the fork in the road (21).
(21) Take the right-hand road sign-posted to Hawkshead and continue on into Haksheads (22) and enjoy the various shops, pubs and cafes. This is the point were we could’ve turned left if the GPS hadn’t packed in and walked over Furness Fells into Hawkshead, but maybe next time.