30th November 2014

Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time Didn't take notice
Duration Not sure
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Derwent Water - Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - 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.


Route Map


A bank of cloud covers Carl Side and the Ullock Pike ridge but the top of Skiddaw is clear. Must have been a treat for anyone up there.

A close up of Grisedale Pike.

and not so close up.

Cat Bells reflections on Derwent Water.

Causey Pike, Barrow and Grisedale Pike.

Zooming in on Cat Bells.


Jennifer makes her way up the path next to Cat Gill. It's a steep route this one and today, it was unseasonably warm again.

The view back down.


It looks like they've been been doing some work on the steeper rocky section of this route. This section was always sooooo slippery when the ground is wet. Hopefully this will make it a bit less precarious after it's been raining.

I could be wrong but it seems like ground rock has been modified to create some of the steps.


Keswick and the northern fells seen from Walla Crag summit.

Derwent Water and the north western fells also seen from the top of Walla Crag.

and the last picture from the top is this one looking across to a cloud topped Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Time for a quick bite to eat before heading back down to Keswick.

Blencathra, taken from the route between Walla Crag and Rakefoot.


A close up of Keswick.


You might have noticed all the cars parked in the field down there and the people on the path below us. They weren't all out for a short walk up Walla Crag, there was an Orienteering event on up here today. Most of them seemed to be kids or really young kids accompanied by an adult. Everyone seemed to be having a great time and they certainly picked a good day for it.



Springs Wood.


Sunshine on the Skiddaw fells.

Latrigg also enjoys some sunshine.

I look back along the track between Portinscale and Keswick as the owner of a nice new pair of walking boots. It'll take a few weeks to break them in, but after that I'll be ready to face some winter snow without the prospect of wet feet. Assuming we get some snow of course.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks