28th February 2014

Keswick, Walla Crag and almost Ashness Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 1:40 to 4:40 pm
Duration 3 hr
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - 'almost' Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Heading across to Keswick for a walk up Walla Crag.

Looking across to the Skiddaw fells. Notice the lack of snow up there. I didn't know it when I took this picture, but I'll be up there tomorrow (today) wearing crampons, and for a little while snow and cloud all but wiped out any visibility. What a difference a day makes.

The quiet end of town.

Passing by Annie's Pantry. Pity it was closed as I could have done with something to eat. I'd had breakfast at work this morning and that was it. I was going to get a sandwich in Keswick but forgot. Yes, I know it's a strange thing to forget but there you go. By the time I'd finished the walk I was starving.

I make my way up through Springs Wood which would eventually bring me out at the road near Rakefoot Farm.

Looking across Derwent Water to Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Barrow and Grisedale Pike.

I'd just came from Keswick and I would be in Great Wood / Borrowdale later so I guess that means I'm heading for Castlerigg / Walla Crag.

Brockle Beck.

The northern fells seen from the path above Rakebeck.

and from a little further up the track you see Blencathra.

A clsoe up of Bassenthwaite Lake and Dodd.

Just before reaching the summit I turned around to take a picture of Blencathra.

The view from the top.

A close up of Derwent Isle and its seven bedroom Grade 2 listed home. It was up for rent recently for £40,000 per year. We could have been living there by now but we decided to gave back word because we couldn't get planning permission to build a bridge across from Friar's Crag. Jennifer also objected to the amount of hoovering and dusting she'd have to do to keep the place clean.

Bleaberry Fell seen from Walla Crag.

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

A view back to Walla Crag.

Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake taken from the top of Cat Gill. This is one of my favourite views in the Lake District.

Heading towards but not quite as far as Ashness Bridge.

Flooded Derwent Water.

Instead of heading down to Ashness Bridge and Derwent Water I followed the path across the fellside to Cat Gill and Great Wood.


I took this picture, looked over the edge and thought it's a good job there are railings to hold onto. Then, as I stepped onto the bridge I tripped, landed on my hands and knees and thought again, "it's a good job there are railings to hold onto". Good job no one was looking!

Look left, look right and if there's nowt coming make a dash for it.

Cat Bells silhouette.

Derwent Water was pretty full as it was but the debris on the tide line show how much water there must have been recently.

It was quite warm walking across to the landing stages.

This is Lakeland Mist, , , , the boat, not the weather.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks