6th June 2009

Ashness Bridge, Walla Crag and Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 17.40 to 19.30
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 3.1 mile
Ascent 1060 ft
Walking with Jennifer
bottom of Ashness Bridge Road - Ashness Bridge - top of Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Borrowdale Road - Landing Stages
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, bottom of the Ashness Bridge Road, Borrowdale

A nice and handy little car park that gets you into the Keswick end of Borrowdale, offering easy access to the Ashness Bridge / Watendlath areas and of course Borrowdale itself.

Parking is free, but there are only a limited number of spaces, most of which are often taken up by inconsiderate parking.


Route Map

The good news (for me) is that it rained all morning anyway, the bad news (for me) is that I couldn't get out for a good long walk at all this weekend in any case. Lots of people say how lucky we are living up here so we can get onto the fells "anytime" we want. Well, being lucky enough to have been born here is something I realise above everything else. As for being able to get onto the fells anytime we want; well, that really is much easier said than done, or at least it is if you want to get out as much as I do.

My usual reply to people is that you mustn't forget that I'm not actually on holiday and I still have all the normal things in life to do such as go to work, do the shopping, go to the opticians, take the car for its MOT or as was the case this weekend, I had to wait for the guy to come and fix the boiler. Needless to say, I have to do an awful lot of of juggling about with things to allow myself the opportunity to get out as often as I do, even if it means many of the walks turn out to be quite short.


The ever popular Ashness Bridge wasn't looking too popular while we were here, although I'm sure the place would have been packed earlier in the day.

And again, from the rocky area just above the bridge.

The view back towards Ashness Farm.


A close up shot looking into Borrowdale.

Walla Crag came into view at the same time as the cold easterly wind hit us. Quite a difference from last weekend when the temperature was in the high twenties.

Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake, seen from the top of Cat Gill.

Heading across to Walla Crag.

Low Moss and Bleaberry Fell. It's very difficult to spot in the photo, but there's a tent pitched in the middle of all this.

Walla Crag Summit.
Notice the couple of new patches of snow on the eastern fells. As I said "what a difference from last weekend".

And from the same spot looking across towards a dark looking Blencathra.

This was a bit better, out of the wind and into the warmer sunshine for the very steep descent into Borrowdale via Cat Gill.

The view back up the path next to Cat Gill.

And again.

Falcon Crag, beautifully lit up in the evening sunshine.

Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy, all seen from the landing stage on Derwent Water's shoreline near the bottom of the Watendlath road.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks