18th August 2010

A delayed start gave us a sunny walk - Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 15.45 to 18.45
Duration 3 hr
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
bottom of Ashness Bridge road - Ashness Bridge - top of Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - Keswick - Derwent Water - bottom of Ashness Bridge road
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

Derwent Water seen behind 'The Fort'.
Now that's what I call a tree stump. I can remember when the rest of the tree was still on top and to state the obvious, it was huge. I've never cut a tree down so I can't say for certain, but I assume they used a crane or something to make sure it didn't come crashing down onto the house.

It was packed here today; even though the picture doesn't give that impression. That didn't matter though, the rain was so heavy on the drive from home we didn't expect to be walking anywhere, so it was just nice to be able to salvage something from the afternoon. Originally we were heading towards Glenridding but ended up driving all the way to Penrith instead. After about an hour looking round there, it started to brighten a little. "brilliant" we thought, "if it's OK on the way home we'll stop off and walk up Walla Crag.

Just above Ashness Bridge but just below where the path curves around to the left, eventually leading to Cat Gill and Walla Crag.

One of the Lake Districts monster beetles laying in wait to make a meal out of unsuspecting fellwalkers.

Looking back towards Ashness Farm.


Keswick Launch.
It doesn't look like the number of lifebelts on the roof match the number of people in the boat, but I'm sure they've got some more tucked away somewhere.

One of the Lake District's finest views. Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake and the Skiddaw fells seen from the top of Cat Gill.

A hop, a skip and a jump and Jennifer finds herself across the beck.

Bleaberry Fell, taken from Walla Crag.
"which way do you want to go back, the longer way or the shorter way?"
"it doesn't look like the rain is coming back and we've not in any rush so we might as well go round by Keswick."
and after taking a few pictures we were off again.

Keswick and the Skiddaw fells from Walla Crag summit, , , , actually it was just across from the summit, but I'm not going to argue about a couple of yards.

Looking around a little and Blancathra comes into view.

That's the summit, with Clough Head and the Dodds behind.


"I'm not sure where you ladies are going to end up, but there's a truck coming up the road to collect you"

While Jennifer went to buy the ice creams from Castlerigg camp site, while I took a picture of this mirror showing the road back towards Rakefoot.
I told you I wasn't as daft as I look.

It looks like the sunshine has kept the shoppers out quite late in Keswick.

I'm sure this is a familiar scene for anyone who has spent a holiday in or around Keswick. And although I do realise how lucky we are to live nearby and I wouldn't change it for anything, I can't help but feel a little envious of those who come here on holiday.


By the look of those skies, I'm pleased we're at this end of Borrowdale and not the other.


"When I grow up I want to be a zebra crossing"

Well, what I thought was going to be a wasted afternoon had turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable. We'd visited Penrith, which we didn't expect to be doing today. I'd bought a book about St John's in the Vale and 6 CDs, Jennifer bought some clothes (as if you couldn't have guessed) and we'd had a walk up a fell we always enjoy.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks