9th November 2009

Long shadows and airplanes on Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 13.20 to 15.30
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 4.6 mile
Ascent 750 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Castle Lane - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Castlerigg Farm - A591 - Castle Lane - Castlerigg 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

Latrigg, Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell taken from the parking spaces next to Castlerigg Stone Circle.

A nice view back to Blencathra as we walked along Castle Lane.

The eastern fells seen here from the fields between the main road and Rakefoot.

It must have been the perfect afternoon for flying. This was the first in a succession of aircraft that flew past us while we were out. Some of them came and went before I had time to take a picture, while others like this one were slow enough for me to get some decent pictures. (there are more to follow)

The track above Rakefoot farm.

Sorry about the shadows, but there was just no way of taking half of today's pictures without my (our) reflections getting caught in the photo.




One of the Lake District's finest views can be had from Walla Crag, and there were lots of people up here today taking advantage. Amongst other things, in the picture you have: Derwent Water, Keswick, Basenthwaite Lake and the Skiddaw fells.

In the opposite direction you see the eastern ridge from Clough Head to Helvellyn.

Derwent Water in front of the north western fells.

And there goes another one !!

Bleaberry Fell.

Heading back now.

Blencathra from the wall near Walla Crag summit.

I think this what they call being in the right place at the right time, , , with your camera already in your hand.


I was a gorgeous afternoon now, but I knew I had to make good of it because it wouldn't last much longer. There was a bank of cloud moving across from the west which would give a walk which had so far been a bright colourful outing a grey and somewhat cooler ending.


And then another couple of planes broke the silence. To be honest they flew by so quickly, I can't remember if these pictures are of the same plane or both of them.

We actually saw another few planes after this one, but I wasn't quick enough with the camera.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks