27th July 2016

An evening on Walla Crag

Time eventide
Duration not sure
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 700 ft isn't a million miles off
Walking with Jennifer
Castle Lane - Rake Foot - Walla Crag - Rake Foot - Castlerigg - A591 - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle
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.

Route Map


It's sometime in the evening, there isn't much sunshine on offer at the moment, and for no reason in particular we ended up setting off for a walk from Castlerigg Stone Circle. Here we look along Castle Lane towards Walla Crag and decide that instead of turning left at the end of the road and heading to St John's in the Vale Church, we'd carry on to Walla Crag (and back).

High Rigg, Clough Head and the Dodds plus the bit across to Helvellyn.

A sort of close up of Raise, Whiteside and Helvellyn.


Rakefoot farm below Walla Crag.

The Skiddaw Fells seem from the path above Rakefoot Farm.

Summer season is in full swing.


At the top of Walla Crag.
The morning after this someone asked me if I'd been out walking. When I told them where we'd been they came back with "again, you only did a walk to get to the top of Walla Crag last week". Blimey, please don't think we go walking for that, no, no, no, we didn't do a walk just to get to the top of Walla Crag, we did a walk that just happened to include the top of Walla Crag. For me (us), when Lake District walking becomes about nothing more than getting to the highest point of somewhere, that's when we're in it for the wrong reason.



On the walk back along Castle Lane it began to brighten up and we ended up with the perfect finish to the walk. Ahead of us is Blencathra but that's too far to walk at this time of night (8:15).

A close up of Walla Crag - - now in sunshine.


and a not so close up picture of Walla Crag.


And to finish, here's Castlerigg Stone Circle which was lovely with the sun brightening up this area and the dark clouds in the background. Shortly after taking this, the fellside on the Eastern ridge was lit up just like this and as I said at the time, "anyone having a late walk off those fells will be getting a real treat.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks