14th October 2007

Looking for Autumn colors on Walla Crag and Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 11.20 to 14.20
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 1330 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Walla Crag - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Keswick

There are so many car parks and so many roadside options in Keswick I've grouped them all together into one. To state the obvious, the car parks all charge and the roadside parking is rather a hit and miss affair.


Route Map

The sun was shining this morning, so we set out in search of some Autumn colours. A walk from Keswick to Walla Crag and returning by Derwent Water is always a good place to try your luck. The good news is that we did find the colours we were after, the bad news is that the cloud had built up and the sunshine we were relying on to show the colours off was notably absent when we needed it most.

One of the smaller residents of Rakefoot farm.

Brockle Beck and Rakefoot Farm.

We thought it best to quicken the pace a bit once we'd spotted the Indian camp, just in case they saw us and decided to top up their collection of scalps.

The Skiddaw fells seen from the path above Rakefoot.

And the view across to Blencathra.

Walla Crag summit and surprise, surprise the fells we walked along yesterday (in cloud), were all clear.

Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Portinscale, Thornthwaite and Braithwaite, all visible from Walla Crag summit.

A close up of sunshine on Cat Bells.

After leaving Walla Crag, the route passes along the edge of Low Moss where we crossed a few of the small becks which drain the excess water from this extremely wet area.

The view back to Walla Crag.

Sunshine on the headland next to Calfclose Bay. Our route later in the walk took us through the trees in this picture.

Crossing the top of Cat Gill allows the walker to see what must surely be one of the best views in the Lake District.

Sunshine travelling across the fields near Grange.

Dramatic skies.

Ashness farm, briefly lit up by one of the quickly moving rays of sunshine.

The Skiddaw fells seen behind Calfclose Bay.


More drama in the skies, this time at the far end of Derwent Water.

The view across Derwent Water to Skelgill Bank, Rowling End and Causey Pike.

The colours were still nice even if they weren't being shown at their best.

Cutting across from Cockshot Wood to the Borrowdale Road.

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