13th July 2014

Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 1:45 to 5:20pm
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 6.5 miles
Ascent 1300 miles
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Near Ashness Bridge - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - 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


Hope Park was busy today, people were watching the world go by, playing crazy golf, admiring the gardens or simply using it a a convenient route to the lake.

I'm standing at the edge of the town centre here. In that direction you'll find the shops and the shoppers. We're going in t'other direction where we'll find a few hours of quietness.

Cat Bells and Maiden Moor seen above what is probably a temporary camp site used by visitors to Keswick Convention.


Annie's Pantry, cafe and small shop.

Springs Wood.

You have two option in the woods; okay, three if you turn back, but for the sake of this, lets assume you haven't abandoned the walk. So as I said, you have two options in the woods, one takes you up to the road next to Rakefoot Farm and this one takes you up the side of Castlerigg Camp Site to reach the road. Distance wise there isn't much in it and although the other route has better views, this still makes a nice change.

Castlerigg Farmhouse is passed in warm sunshine but sadly it wasn't to last.

Looking across to Latrigg and the Skiddaw Fells.

Now the view is a bit wider and Blencathra is also in the picture.

and here's a close up of Castlerigg Farm Campsite.

Walla Crag summit was all ours this afternoon, , , , , for about a minute and a half. Lots of people, including ourselves seemed to arrive at more or less the same time.

Summit view 1) Derwent Water, Keswick and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Summit View 2) Keswick and the Skiddaw fells

And summit view 3) Derwent Water and the north western fells.

We leave the summit and initially head towards Bleaberry Fell before heading around to the right and down towards Ashness Bridge.

Looking back to Walla Crag.

One of Lakelands most cracking views; Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite seen from Cat Gill.

A close up of Ashness Farm.

"When I suggested wearing something that would blend in with our surroundings, where did you think we were going?"


Falcon Crag from below.

and also from the side. It was quite hard work walking through here. Quite rough under foot and the bracken made it hard to see where we were standing.

Hardly surprising that the water level was very low today. At least we can't look back at this summer and moan about it being a wash out; quite the opposite.

It doesn't seen long since only the very top of the Hundred Year stone was above water.

The Ings.

Look out for the treeeeeeee
Blimey, that was a bit close!

Keswick Launch.



Dodd, Ullock Pike, Longside, Carl Side, Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man seen from a very low waters edge next to the Keswick landing stages.

Scruffy looking but happy to be scavenging about the water edge.

Our later than normal start meant we arrived at the rowing boats just as they were packing up for the day. Never mind, Jennifer can row me around the lake next time we're here.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks