28th March 2016

A short walk on Walla Crag

Time in the morning
Duration not sure
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent about 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Castle Lane - Rake Foot - Walla Crag - Rake Foor - Castlerigg - A591 - Castle Lane
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking spaces, Castlerigg Stone Circle

If you arrive here in the middle of the day at the height of summer, you'll probably find the place full, but if you're prepared to wait, it won't be long until one of the visitors at Castlerigg Stone Circle jumps in their car and drives off. Unless you're using this place as a starting poit for a walk, most people only seem to stay here for ten or fifteen minutes at the most.

Surprisingly because it's next to such a popular tourist attraction parking is free.

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


Looking along Castle Lane towards Walla Crag.

Cloud crosses the side of Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Little Man.

What a difference. On Friday I walked mostly in sunshine and arrived home with the start of this years suntan. Today, we're walking through big puddles which were topped up by the half dozen or so rain showers that passed over the area.

Clough Head and The Dodds all topped with cloud. In front of then is High Rigg.

Clough Head again, seen here as we walk from one field into another.

Above Rakefoot I take a picture looking down to Keswick, Bassenthwaite and a little bit of Derwent Water.

Rain (or perhaps it's show) passes over the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra.

Walla Crag summit view.


and from Walla Crag but to
It was very busy indeed on the way up to Walla Crag but to our surprise, we had the summit to ourselves.

Now for the return journey.

Passing by Castlerigg Farmhouse.



"Whatever you do don't go near that fella with the camera."
"why not"
"never you mind but if he mentions mint sauce or roast potatoes; start running away"

A brief sunny spell brightens up Castle Lane.

And to finish, a view across to the north western fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks