|Skiddaw, that magnificent mass of a mountain that is the backdrop to the lakeland capital, Keswick.|
The area of Latrigg was itself the subject of an access battle, the chief protagonist being Canon Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley of Crosthwaite Church, the founder of The National Trust and he is buried in that churchyard. He led a party of his parishioners with crowbars, I assume for access provision and not weapons, to assert their authority on the landowner for the right to walk and have access to this small yet beautiful viewpoint of Keswick. This led to a civil court battle in July of 1888 which thankfully resulted in a compromise with the landowner, and has resulted in legacy of the public being able to soak up the view from this 367 metre high fell. Many walkers miss this small summit off their itinerary when climbing Skiddaw, the over 3,000 foot summit being the singular goal of their walk, yet they miss the greatest view of the area in doing so, and only adds 30 minutes overall, to any such Skiddaw walk.
|Keswick, Derwentwater, and the Borrowdale Valley in view|
|Looking to Skiddaw House from Dash Falls track, the remotest residence in England.|
|Skiddaw House, now a youth Hostel.|
|Brockle Craggs Thomas's father was a husbandman, a small farmer.|