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Walk of the month: Little Man and Glenderaterra Beck

Written by George Fisher

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This month's walk: Little Man and Glenderaterra Beck

A moderate walk from Keswick, with an estimated walking time of 6-7 hours.

On recent visits to the Lakes, I've developed a peculiar habit for a hill walker; I've stopped climbing to the top. Instead, I've been exploring the valleys, side summits and becks that make up this wonderful place.

This route explores some of the outer corners of the Skiddaw massif from Keswick, making for an alternative to a romp up Skiddaw.

  • Loop or linear? Loop
  • Map: OS Explorer OL4 - The English Lakes: NW Area
  • Total distance: 15.70km (9.76 miles)
  • Total height gain: 1,457m (4,779ft)
  • Start: Station Road, Keswick
  • Unsuitable for: buggies, wheelchairs
  • Public transport: regular Keswick to Penrith bus services

1. Keswick OS Grid NY262235

  • Start at Keswick, a bus hub in the north of the Lakes. Walk towards the Youth Hostel (signposted).

2. Station Road, OS Grid NY268236

  • About 0.65 km (0.4 miles) from 1
  • Cross the river via Station Road.

3. Spoonygreen Lane, OS Grid NY267241

  • About 0.46 km (0.29 miles) from 2
  • Cross the main road via the overpass at Spoonygreen Lane.

4. Around Latrigg, OS Grid NY274251

  • About 1.20 km (0.75 miles) from 3
  • Follow the main path around the western side of Latrigg. If it's a clear day, pop up to the top for views over Keswick.

5. Whit Beck, OS Grid NY283259

  • About 1.23 km (0.76 miles) from 4
  • Follow the Cumbria Way - for that is what you are walking on - over Whit Beck.

6. Glenderaterra Beck, OS Grid NY293261

  • About 0.96 km (0.6 miles) from 5
  • The route contours around Lonscale Fell into Glenderaterra Beck. This is one of those wonderful parts of the Lakes where the rest of the world feels many miles away. Take your time and savour it.

7. Skiddaw House, OS Grid NY287290

  • About 2.99 km (1.86 miles) from 6
  • Continue to the Youth Hostel at Skiddaw House. One option for this walk is to split it over two days and enjoy the night here - but book in advance!

8. Sale How, OS Grid NY275286

  • About 1.26 km (0.78 miles) from 7
  • Time to stretch the legs on the ascent of Sale How.

9. Little Man, OS Grid NY265283

  • About 1.11 km (0.69 miles) from 8
  • This route leads you out onto the ridge between Skiddaw and Little Man. If you've not done Skiddaw before, it's worth gaining the summit. But otherwise, head south over Little Man.

10. Jenkin Hill, OS Grid NY278268

  • About 1.94 km (~1.21 miles) from 9
  • Drop over Jenkin Hill and descend via Whit Beck.

11. Latrigg again, OS Grid NY273249

  • About 2.00 km (1.24 miles) from 10
  • Continue via the same path to Keswick.

12. Keswick again, OS Grid NY268235

  • About 1.50 km (0.93 miles) from 11
  • Back into Keswick for a drink. The Lake District's beers are second only to its mountains as a reason to visit, so make sure you try one…