4th August 2011

An evening on Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 17.00 to 19.30
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale suspension bridge - Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Keswick - Portinscale suspension briddge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking near Portinscale suspension bridge

This is somewhere I tend to start walking from qutie a lot. It's nice and handy for Keswick, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Latrigg and even the Castlerigg Stone Circle area.

The parking is free and no matter at what time of year or time of day I've always managed to get a space here.

From here you're only about 10 minutes walk from Keswick with everything the town has to offer, and in the opposite direction you're less than 5 minutes walk from Portinscale.


Route Map

There seemed to have been a similar weather pattern everyday this week; wet and dull in the mornings and then clearing up later in the day. And after a couple of missed opportunities on other days, I decided to head out for a walk up Walla Crag this evening.

After a short walk from the car I reached Greta Bridge where I turned right into Keswick.

Rush hour in Keswick. Actually, it's probably been like this since 9 o'clock this morning.

Walking along Springs Road (I'm sure that's what they call it) and looking ahead to Walla Crag.

At the end of the road and past the farm, you start to walk through Springs Wood.


The fell up there is called Pike, , , yep, that's it, nothing in front and nothing behind, just Pike. They must have ran out of names when this one was christened.

The Skiddaw fells seen from the track above Rakefoot.

A little further up the same track and now looking across to Blencathra.

Walla Crag summit in front of Clough Head and the Dodds.

This has to be a high reward walk for not much effort if ever there was one.

I think I'm being watched.

Leaving Walla Crag and heading towards the Cat Gill route back down to Borrowdale.


Hare Bells.

It was lovely walking down here this evening. There wasn't a breath of wind, the sunshine was nice and warm, and best of all, I had the place to myself.

Looking down Derwent Water.

This the steep wooded side of Walla Crag; quite a contrast to the other gentler side I was on earlier.

Stable Hills in front of the Skiddaw fells.


Another picture looking down the lake. This one was taken from Crow Park.

With it being the height of the holiday season it was still quite busy when I got back to Keswick. Never mind taking pictures of all those people, I was famished and I need to get to the chip shop.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks