20th December 2009

A wintry walk to Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 13.45
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1150 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Borrowdale Road - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Castlerigg Farm - A591- Manor Brow - 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

When I looked out of the bedroom window and saw it was raining, I thought "so much for the forecasted snow", and mumbled something about the forecasters being rubbish. Less than ten minutes later Jennifer looked out, told me the rain had stopped and that everywhere was white; as quick as that. After a bit of indecisiveness on my part, Jennifer eventually said "why don't you just set off, see if you can get as far as Keswick and have a walk up Walla Crag. So here I am, and although there wasn't really that much snow, it was still good to be out and about in these conditions.

The view across to Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.

Leaving Keswick and heading into Borrowdale.

Walking while it's snowing is fantastic; something I've enjoyed for as long as I can ever remember. When I was at school, I'd prefer to walk there in the snow than catch the bus. Even if it meant sitting in wet clothes all day. When I was younger than that, apparently I'd just be out there walking around the streets where we lived, , , until I went in crying because my hands were cold. Despite being told to keep my gloves on, the ones my mother knitted never seemed to keep us warm for very long. Of course that was in the days when mothers knitted gloves for their kids, and if that wasn't enough, she even had the forethought to stitch the gloves to a length of wool which was then threaded up one sleeve of my coat, across the the collar, and then down the other sleeve. I think that's what you call the good old days.


The landing stage at the bottom of the Ashness Bridge road.

A snowy Ashness Bridge. Needless to say I had the place to myself, in fact I never saw anyone else between leaving Keswick and the top of Walla Crag.

Derwent Water was a bit clearer now, which was a shame as I was really enjoying the snow.


"You won't get much shelter under there".

Looking through to the Grange area of Borrowdale.

Walla Crag comes into view.

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

Just below Walla Crag summit.

Wow, this is what I like to see.

Bleaberry Fell taken from Walla Crag.

Looking back up to Walla Crag.

Blencathra is under that cloud, but never mind that, I was concentrating on where I was putting my feet more than looking at the view. The path was nothing more than a sheet of ice with snow on top, so I needed to walk through the bracken just to stop myself doing an unwanted back flip.

Just above Rakefoot farm.

Tending the flock.


A close up of Derwent Water and Cat Bells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks