9th August 2014

Derwent Water and Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 12:50 to 4:50pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 10.8 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path along the side of Cat Bells - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Springs Wood - Keswick - Portinscale
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


I'd originally left home at a decent time this morning to walk from Glenridding but Bassenthwaite was as far as I got. It was lashing it down so I headed back home with the view of doing a walk in the afternoon instead. As the weather turned out to be really nice, this proved to be a good move.

Nichol End Marina.


The distinctive shape of Causey Pike, seen from the path through The Park.

Newlands Valley and Swinside.

Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike (look carefully) and Barrow.


Following the path along the side of Cat Bells gives you a wide open view over Derwent Water.

Mmmmm, strange thing to cable tie to a fence post. I'm sure there must be a reason.

Down by the waters edge now and looking across to Latrigg, Lonscale Fell, Blencathra and Walla Crag.


Tall Trees in Manesty Park.
This is the easy, relaxed approach to spending the day on Derwent Water. And, , ,

, , , this is the not so easy or relaxed approach

Cat Bells.

I'm standing at Great Bay with a view up Derwent Water to the northern fells.

Zooming in on Latrigg, Lonscale Fell, Mungrisdale Common and up on the right is Walla Crag (ish).

Across the boardwalk I go towards Shepherds Crag and the Borrowdale Road.

There were lots of people enjoying the sunny afternoon conditions. Children, grown-ups and their dogs all thought spending time in the water would be a good idea.

Cat Bells behind Chinese Bridge.

Shepherds Crag climbers.



I seemed to be doing well with the weather so I decided to add Walla Crag onto the walk. The obvious route to take was via Ashness Bridge.

Big stone in front of Derwent Water.

Walla Crag comes into view.

The view of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake taken from the top of Cat Gill. One of Lakelands finest!

Bleaberry Fell stands over there looking very heathery indeed.

Not far to Walla Crag now.

Approaching Walla Crag summit which I had expected to be somewhat busy, given the nice weather and the time of year. I had the place to myself.

Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite, Keswick and the northern fells seen from the top.

Turning around, Clough Head and the Dodds can be seen.

The clear view across to the northern fells prove to me that I did the right thing by scrapping the walk this morning and waiting for it to brighten up.

Heading down to Rakefoot Farm.

Keswick Market.

Ullock Pike, Longside, Carl Side, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Lower Man and Lonscale Fell taken a couple of minutes before I reached the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks