15th April 2008

An evening walk up Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 18.00 to 19.30
Duration 1hr 30 min
Distance 2.8 mile
Ascent 630 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Castle Lane (A591) - Rakefoot farm - Walla Crag - Rakefoot farm - Castle Lane (A591)
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Castle Lane, Castlerigg

This is actually just a small lay-by and not somewhere I'd generally park for a walk. It does offer quick access to Walla Crag however.


Route Map

It was a last minute decision to have a walk this evening, although as we were setting off from the car, I thought it might turn out to be the wrong decision. After driving around the western side of the lakes in blue sky and sunshine, we approached Keswick to find a somewhat different scene. "Never mind", one of us said; "we're not going that far anyway, so if we do get caught in a heavy shower, we'll turn back". Walking in rain on a (proper???) walk is OK, but nice evening walks should be exactly that; 'nice'.
We did get caught in a brief shower, which did nothing more than take us into that annoying area where it's too wet to take your jacket off, but it's not quite wet enough to need it on. After which it cleared into a gorgeous sunny evening. It's just a pity we couldn't have had another couple of hours of daylight.

High Rigg, Clough Head and the Dodds.

Heading across the fields between the A591 and Rakefoot Farm.

We could see that the rain falling on the Skiddaw fells was heading in our direction and at this stage we couldn't tell just how heavy it would turn out to be by the time it reached us. After all, with the weather we've had recently, one minute it's blue sky and sunshine, the next thing you know it's torrential rain. It was here that I took great delight in saying "I told you to bring a waterproof jacket instead of that one". Needless to say this backfired on me when the rain only lasted a couple of minutes and the skies cleared. Next time I'll keep my mouth shut.

Another photo of Clough Head and the Dodds. This one was taken from the field next to the camp site near Rakefoot.


The picture doesn't do it justice, but the cloud on Clough Head was amazing. Watching it move over the fell was almost like someone slowly pulling a table cloth over the edge of a table.

Walla Crag summit and what a difference.

And looking in the opposite direction towards the higher fells at the southern end of Borrowdale.

A close up of Blencathra.

Leaving Walla Crag to head back along (almost) the same route we'd used on our ascent.

Much clearer conditions as we headed back towards Rakefoot.

And again.

The road next to Rakefoot farm.

Clough Head seen behind (two!) trees.

Great Dodd, Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd.


And finally a close up of Browncove Crags, Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn (just).
A fantastic way to end the day.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks