24th February 2008

Making it up as I go along on a walk from Keswick


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 13.55
Duration 4hr 5 min
Distance 8.6 mile
Ascent 1920 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Chestnut Hill - Castlerigg - Brockle Beck - Near Dodd Crag - Bleaberry Fell - Walla Crag - Castlerigg - 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

I had no plans at all when I left home this morning, so I headed across to Keswick with the intention of simply starting to walk and seeing where I ended up. This was a total make it up as I went along walk; in fact when I got to the bottom of Stanger Street, (seen here) I had to pause for a minute as I decided whether to turn left or right.

Walking alongside the River Greta'

I actually walked a few yards past the Castlerigg road end, but then I had the sudden idea of walking to Walla Crag, so I turned back, thinking I now had a plan (sort of).

It looks like the day was going to turn out to be a bit brighter after all. It wasn't too long until I was enjoying the sunshine currently working its way across the valley between Bassenthwaite Lake and Keswick.

Lonscale Fell (left) and Blencathra (right), both topped by cloud.
Well that plan didn't last very long. Before I even reached Walla Crag I'd changed my mind again and choose to take an off path route across to the little ridge between Dodd Crag and Bleaberry Fell where I'd be able to pick up the narrow path to Bleaberry Fell summit.

The first obstacle on the route was Brockle Beck which wasn't very wide, but crossing it was easier said than done. Sometimes I think it's easier to wade through than try to find a conveniently placed stone or two to step on.

Looking across to Walla Crag; the high point near the centre of the picture (next to the trees).

Conditions underfoot were getting wetter and wetter as I was walking across the open fellside near Low Moss, so I headed across to this wall to try out my theory that it might be a little dryer. I suppose now that I'd moved to the very edge of Low Moss there must have been some improvement, but it was still far from dry.

Blencathra, seen from the wall which didn't so much offer me a dryer route but rather provided somewhere for the water to build up. So much for my bright idea!

High Rigg and Clough Head.

Gaining height next to Dodd Crag.


Just over the crest of the ridge now and looking down to the A591, the southern end of High Rigg and Great Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd on the skyline. The fence running out of the right hand side of the photo leads to within a minutes walk of Bleaberry Fell summit. When you get to the corner (end) of the fence simply carry on walking in a straight line, , , ,

, , , to bring you out this close to Bleaberry Fell summit.

And looking in the same direction as the previous picture from the other side of the summit. The lake in the distance is Bassenthwaite Lake.

Derwent Water and the North Western fells seen from the path between Bleaberry Fell and Walla Crag.

Approaching one of the bigger of the many sheepfolds found near Low Moss and definitely time for something to eat.

Zooming in on Walla Crag.

Did I mention that it was a bit wet across here today.


Walla Crag summit.

And the view down to Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake, from the summit.

Talk about multi tasking; walking the wire (rope) and playing the violin at the same time. I'd have been impressed enough at his balance, but both together was amazing.

And finally a reminder that Spring really is on the way.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks