16th July 2016

Around Derwent Water and up Walla Crag

Time 10:05am to 2:10pm
Duration 4 hr 5 min
Distance 11 mile
Ascent I wouldn't be far off if I said 1600 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Castlerigg - Manor Brow - Keswick - Portinscale
Fells visited
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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



The view from Portinscale Suspension Bridge with Barf in the distance.

A close up of Causey Pike.

Cat Bells seen from the terrace path.

From the track along the side of Cat Bells you get this wide open view across Derwent Water.

At the waters edge now and looking all the way across to the northern fells.


Despite the amount of cloud, I seemed to spend most of the walk in sunshine.

Great Bay.

A close up of Walla Crag with Blencathra in the background.

On the boardwalk heading towards (but not up) Shepherds Crag.

Looking to my left, Cat Bells can be seen.


Chinese Bridge and time for me to sit down for something to eat.

Keswick Launch picks up passengers at Ashness Jetty.

It's the middle of summer and quite a nice day so Ashness Bridge was attracting lots of visitors this afternoon.


On route to Walla Crag. Strangely, I never passed anyone between Ashness Bridge and 'almost' Walla Crag. Perhaps everyone has opted for a boat trip on the lake instead.

The view from the top of Cat Gill.

and a very similar view seen from the top of Walla Crag.


Walla Crag summit.

I leave Walla Crag and head towards Rakefoot. You get a great view of Blencathra from here and as a bonus, it was getting nice and hot as I lost height / got out of the breeze.

Just above Rakefoot and looking across to the northern fells. Keswick and Bassenthwaite are in the valley.


And to finish, I walk along the track towards Portinscale suspension bridge where the car is parked.

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Lake District Walks