15th December 2012

A wet walk up Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.00
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1100
Walking with On my own
Briar Rigg - Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Rake Foot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Great Wood - Derwent Water - Keswick - Briar Rigg
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Spooney Green Lane, Keswick

I'm sure the people in the houses on the opposite side of the road get fed up with so many people parking here, but the fact is that we all have a car and we all need to park it somewhere.

The obvious fell to walk to from here is Latrigg, but the more adventurous could easily carry on and head onto the Skiddaw fells.


Route Map

I can't decide if I was pleased about the bad weather today or not. I had far too many things to do so a full day on the fells wouldn't have been possible anyway. Had it been a day of blue sky and sunshine I'd have been disappointed about not taking full advantage.

There was plenty of water flowing through the River Greta today. After a couple of days with milder temperatures, most of this will be snow melt.

Four chattering runners making their way down Springs Road.
Up there on the skyline is Walla Crag.

Springs Wood. I've often wondered why there's such a substantial track through here. All I can assume is that there used to be a more widely used route through this section of the valley.

Oh well, here comes the rain.

Looking back down the track from Rakefoot Farm.

With the cloud blending in perfectly with the remaining snow on Blencathra, it's hard to tell if the cloud is actually above the fell top or not.

Not far from Walla Crag now.

Derwent Water, Keswick and in the distance is Bassenthwaite Lake.

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

Looking around to the right and Bleaberry Fell comes into view.

It was shucking it down now so there was no need to hang around up here today.

Cat Bells, seen from the steep (and slippery) path down the side of Cat Gill. I don't think the fell and the gill are related; despite having the same name.

and a bit further down the Cat Gill path.

Part of Cat Gill itself.

Down by the side of Derwent Water now. Over on the opposite side of the lake are Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy.

Thankfully I had my waterproofs on today. As I was waiting to cross the Borrowdale road a 'heedless hurrier' drove along the road as if there was no tomorrow. It's a good job he didn't hear what I said and next time I cross a road I won't stand next to a puddle.


A close up of Stable Hills.

Another view of Cat Bells and this one was taken from the side of Friar's Crag.

Now I need to do a little bit of Christmas shopping in Keswick before I head off to do some work and then entertain some visitors we have coming round. Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day!

David Hall -
Lake District Walks