21st November 2008

A windy walk on Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 13.00 to 15.15
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Castelrigg Stone Circle - Castle Lane - Rake Foot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Castlerig Stone Circle
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Castlerigg Stone Circle

If you arrive here in the middle of the day at the height of summer, you'll probably find the place full, but if you're prepared to wait, it won't be long until one of the visitors at Castlerigg Stone Circle jumps in their car and drives off. Unless you're using this place as a starting poit for a walk, most people only seem to stay here for ten or fifteen minutes at the most.

Surprisingly because it's next to such a popular tourist attraction parking is free.


Route Map

Looking along Castle Lane to Walla Crag.
I was away from home this morning so I wasn't sure if I'd have time for a walk or not. As it turned out though, I managed to return home with time to grab a quick walk before it got dark. But where to walk; well, if ever I'm after a short outing in this area then Walla Crag is somewhere I'm guaranteed to enjoy.

And now looking back along the lane to Blencathra.
It wasn't half windy along here, with a biting northerly sting in it. This was as far as I got before I needed to stop and put a jacket on.

Clough Head and the Dodds seen behind High Rigg.

And looking in the opposite direction the sun was shining on Latrigg.

I could have done with a pair of wellingtons along the next section of the of the route; it was a case of mud, mud, glorious mud. I was slipping and sliding all over the place and through good luck more than good judgement I managed to stay on my feet.

No, please don't head in my direction, I actually said out loud. Before I knew it my head was being pelted with hailstones. Thankfully it only lasted a couple of minutes because it really hurt.

That's much better.


Walla Crag summit looking towards Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake. (Blowing a gale)!

Clough Head and the Dodds again, this time from Walla Crag.

Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick and the Skiddaw Fells, , , and now it's time to move away from the edge. It was far too windy to stand this close to the drop on Walla Crag.

I did think of simply returning to the car by the same route, but I figured there was still enough time to extend the walk into Keswick. With this in mind I headed down the steep path next to Cat Gill.
This is a nice quick route down into Borrowdale, but there are a few sections where you really have to watch your footing if the ground is wet.

Did someone say it was steep.

Down at Derwent Water where and the water level was looking a bit more realistic than the last time I was here, after my walk on 26th October.

The new (ish) bridge over the River Greta in Keswick.

Sunset behind Castlerigg Stone Circle.

And now without the sunshine.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks