Railway line path and Lower Latrigg
This walk has changed a good deal since Storm Desmond in December 2015. Two of the old Victorian metal railway bridges were washed out so the full railway line walk to Threlkeld is no longer possible but the walk can be extended to take in a return via Latrigg. The old railway line passes through the leafy canopy of the Low Briery woods and the River Greta winds back and forth below.
Turn left out of Hazelmere, cross the road and take the footpath that runs along the side of the river towards the park. Walk around the edge of the park alongside Station Road and leave the park by the old museum building, heading up the right side of the Leisure Pool and turn right onto the old station platform. The path goes on under the A66 and then to a section of board walk in the tree canopy and high above the River Greta. After the Low Briery Holiday Park cross the next bridge and then take the path on your left signposted Brundhlome Road immediately before the next bridge.
The path then goes through the wood and as it goes uphill take the first path to your right (shown by an arrow on a marker post). Follow the path through the woods above the river Continue on , over a bridge ignoring a stepped path on the right. Where the path forks go left uphill to Brundholme Road.
You can either turn left here and make your way back towards Keswick turning right at the road end and walking past Briar Rigg estate and back towards Hazelmere or, to extend your walk turn right. There is a gate or stile on your left signposted Skiddaw. Continue straight on signposted Latrigg and Skiddaw.
The path rises, go through the gate then turn left to walk to the top of Latrigg with its wonderful view. Walk back downhill, forking left. Go left again at the junction of another path and go downhill beside a tree plantation and on to Spooney Green where you head towards Keswick crossing over the A66. Turn right and walk to the end of the road, turning left to go past Keswick Hospital and back to Hazelmere.